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Wear Red on Friday, February 5

By Renay Rosue

January 28, 2016

The Florida Department of Health (FL-DOH) in Martin County is encouraging everyone to wear red on Friday, February 5 to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, the #1 killer of women in the United States.

The FL-DOH in Martin is partnering with Florida Community Health Center (FCHC) in Stuart in recognition of American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day and will provide Red Dress pins, blood pressure tracking cards and fact sheets for Health Department and FCHC visitors.

Health Department staff and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will provide heart health information and do free blood pressure checks at the Blake and Robert Morgade libraries on February 5 and at the Martin County Fair/Senior Expo on February 16.

Risk factors for developing heart disease include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, smoking and obesity. If you are at risk, talk to your doctor. Take action. Don’t smoke. Eat a healthy diet. Get physically active. Maintain a healthy weight. Take medicine that is prescribed according to your doctor’s instructions.

To find out more about women and heart disease, visit the Go Red for Womenwebsite for more information.