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Chad Abshire

Staff Writer

GILBERT — The Larry Joe Harless Community Center is partnering with the Women on Wellness and West Virginia University’s Center of Excellence on Women’s Health in a public awareness campaign for healthy women — the Go Red Day.

For the 10th year, the American Heart Association requests that everyone wear red on the first Friday of February to remind women that “heart disease doesn’t care what you wear,” and assist public awareness of heart disease prevention and treatment for women. The event will be Feb. 1, 2013.

The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health. According to a release from the LJHCC, only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their number one killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol.

“We believe this is a fun way to get lots of women involved in understanding the heart facts,” Cheryl Mitchem, Executive Director of the LJHCC, said. “This awareness campaign will kick off the second Town of Gilbert Women On Wellness retreat that is scheduled May 18, at the center.”

To promote heart health awareness in the community, the LJHCC will be displaying a billboard in the Town of Gilbert and are asking area women to participate in a group photo for the billboard. Participants should arrive at the LJHCC wearing red on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m for the group photo shoot.

For more information contact the LJHCC at 664-2500.

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