February 8, 2016
Dozens of Rusk County Memorial Hospital (RCMH) employees wore red on National Wear Red Day, February 5, to help raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, and the many women it affects each year. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year—that’s approximately one woman every 80 seconds, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined.
As a part of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” movement, Wear Red Day is meant to bring attention to heart disease and encourage women to make healthy lifestyle changes, including exercising regularly, eating healthy, managing stress and quitting smoking.
RCMH promotes heart health locally through various services and programs, including the cardiac rehabilitation program and educational sessions. The cardiac rehabilitation program helps patients improve their quality of life after a cardiac event and reduce their risk of future heart problems. The next educational event will be hosted by RCMH registered dietitian Kay Searfoss on February 17. Searfoss will be offering a Heart Healthy Eating Grocery Store Tour at Gordy’s Market at 10:00 am. Interested parties are invited to register for this session by calling 715-532-5561, ext. 1200 or emailing RSVP@RuskHospital.org by February 15.
For more information and tips on preventing heart disease in women, visit goredforwomen.org.