For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2013
Freeholders observe national heart month
February 1 is Wear Red Day
FREEHOLD, NJ – Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States and to help raise public awareness about this disease, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders are encouraging everyone to participate in National Wear Red Day on February 1.
“February is American Heart Month, and unfortunately, most of us know someone who has had heart disease or stroke,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “Heart disease is preventable and by raising awareness we can help save lives.”
The CDC reports that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. These conditions are also leading causes of disability preventing people from working and enjoying family activities.
“We can fight back against heart disease and stroke,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the county’s Health Department. “You can help reduce your risk of heart disease by taking steps to control factors that put you at greater risk.”
The National Institutes of Health recommends that you: control your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol, don't smoke and get enough exercise.
“Wearing something red on Friday, Feb. 1 is a great way to show your awareness and concern for heart health.” Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso said. “Since 2004, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting this deadly disease."
For more information or assistance with heart disease, residents can contact the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or the New Jersey chapter at 609-208-0020.
The Board passed a resolution at its Jan. 24 meeting recognizing February as National Heart Month.
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