Wednesday, February 6, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, it kills more people each year than cancer, lower respiratory diseases and accidents combined. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention.
The Heart Truth®—a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease—created and introduced the “Red Dress” as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness to deliver an urgent wakeup call to women. The "Red Dress" campaign aims to educate the public about the dangers of heart disease and the importance of heart health, particularly for women.
St. John Parish employees will participate in a “Wear Red to Work” spirit day on Friday, February 8 as well as other events throughout the month of February. Parish President Robottom encourages all residents to do the same in an effort to spread the word about heart disease. “Creating awareness is the first step to saving lives and we want to do our part,” said Parish President Robottom.
Exercising, eating healthy, keeping blood pressure and cholesterol down, limiting alcohol and tobacco use, maintaining healthy weight and receiving health screenings regularly will help prevent heart disease.