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February 6th Declared Wear Red Day

posted Jan 28, 2015, 9:07 AM by Michael A. Hawkes   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 12:52 PM ]
The Board of County Commissioners approved February 6th as Wear Red Day in Socorro County.

Socorro County Board of County Commissioners


WHEREAS, Event “Corazon de Christine” celebrates the extraordinary progress in women's heart health and recognizes that more needs to be done in Socorro County to safeguard women's health for generations to come; and

WHEREAS, Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women, claiming 1 in 3 lives, about 1 death per minute. More women die of heart disease than all cancers combined; and

WHEREAS, Heart disease affects women of all ethnicities. Only 43% of black women and 44% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk, compared with 60% of Caucasian women. Of Black women ages 20 and older, 48.9% have heart disease, yet only 20% believe they are at risk. Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women. Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at higher risk, and only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options; and

WHEREAS, 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. All women should learn their own personal risk for heart disease by talking to their healthcare provider. The risk factors for heart disease includes smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and pre-diabetes, a family history of early heart disease, age, history of preeclampsia; and

WHEREAS, Women can take action to protect their heart health and prevent heart disease by taking steps to prevent and control the risk factors for the disease; and

WHEREAS, Keeping women healthy and promoting awareness of women's health issues, including heart disease, is an important responsibility and depends on the actions of many organizations and groups in our community; and

WHEREAS, Women's health remains a priority for families, communities, and government, and our commitment to keeping women healthy is stronger than ever; and

WHEREAS, Go Red for Women® and The Heart Truth® programs and its Red Dress® symbol are building awareness of women's heart disease risk and empowering them to reduce their risk and prevent heart disease; and

WHEREAS, Socorro County women need to take action to make heart health a priority for themselves and their families, become aware of their risk for heart disease, and take action to better their heart health; and

NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of County Commissioners of Socorro County, in recognition of the importance of the ongoing fight against heart disease, does hereby proclaim February 6th, 2015 as

“National Wear Red Day®”

for Socorro County and encourage all citizens to “GO RED” to work together to promote and improve the health of women and increase awareness and understanding of women and heart disease.