Paint the Nation Red

National Go Red Day

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Paint the Nation Red

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 On February 5, 2016, people all across the nation wore red in support of Go Red for Women and to raise awareness for heart health. One common misconception about heart disease is that it affects men more than women. However, one in three deaths among women are caused by heart disease and stroke each year, which is more than all cancers combined. With education and action, about eighty percent of cardiac and stroke events can be prevented.

   Several Midlothian students showed their support by wearing red to school on Go Red Day. The students showed their support for many reasons; some have a family history and others just thought it was important for people to be aware of heart health. Ellen Jane Tucker, one of the many students who showed up in red, said, “I wanted to help the American Heart Association get their message across and show my support.” Additionally, Sarah Furman said, “I think it is important for people to be aware of the risks to your heart.”

    For more information about heart disease and what you can do to prevent it, please visit American Heart Association’s website, www.heart.org , or the Go Red For Women website at: www.goredforwomen.org.