02/01/2007

WVU Kicks Off “Go Red for Women” Campaign

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Women nationwide will see red on Friday, February 2 with West Virginia University kick-off of “Go Red for Women,” an American Heart Association initiative.

WVU’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health launched their month-long campaign efforts on Thursday to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women – and men. 

“West Virginia ranks 50th in the nation for obesity, a leading contributor to heart disease,” said Claudette Brooks, M.D., WVU faculty member and American Heart Association spokesperson.

February 2 marks the national observance day in which the Heart Association challenges everyone to wear red to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke.

During February, Go Red for Women events will be held statewide. WVU’s Cardiology Department and Wellness Program will team with the Center of Excellence to provide health screenings in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The screenings are free and open to the public.

Go Red For Women began in February 2004 and provides tips and information on healthy lifestyles.

WVU is home to one of 20 nationally designated Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health, which promote better healthcare systems for women by building collaborative networks to integrate education, research and clinical care.

For more information on Go Red for Women or The Center of Excellence in Women’s Health visit www.wvhealthywomen.org.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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