A good turnout of City of Hazelwood employees assembled for a photo opportunity on Friday, Feb. 7, to send this message to the community, “GO RED, HAZELWOOD!” Most of them wore red to show support for the 11th Annual National Wear Red Day, sponsored nationally by Macy’s.
The American Heart Association (AHA) launched this Go Red for Women movement more than 10 years ago for the purpose of encouraging women to take their cardiovascular health more seriously in order to live a stronger, longer life. Unfortunately, heart disease is the #1 killer of women, age 25 and older, and stroke is ranked as the #4 killer. According to AHA statistics, women account for 61% of all stroke deaths annually.
For the past decade, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red for Women movement. Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to help raise awareness about the problem of heart disease among women. Looking back over the years, this movement has made strides with these accomplishments: 21% fewer women are dying from heart disease; 23% more women are aware that its their #1 health threat; publishing of gender-specific results, established guidelines for prevention and treatment; and legislation to help end gender disparities.
Funds raised by AHA’s Go Red for Women movement are used to educate women and increase their awareness about these health risks. Also, monies are used to finance critical research needed to find a cure and to provide better medical treatment. Hazelwood’s administrative secretary for the Public Works Department, Kathy Baker, has spearheaded the City’s efforts to get involved in this worthy cause. She has created an online fundraising page for the City of Hazelwood which allows City employees, City Council members and local residents to make donations. Click the link below to find the page.