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Alaska State Capitol "goes red" Feb. 1 to help fight heart disease

Fight heart disease through Alaska Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Alaska legislators wearing red and getting CPR trained on Feb 1 & 2

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Alaska residents will be dressed up in red on Friday, February 3 – Alaska Wear Red Day – in an ongoing effort to elevate public awareness about heart disease.  The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement invites everyone to share the truth about heart disease, the leading killer of women which claims more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined. 

“Heart disease isn’t easy to see.  It’s often silent, hidden and misunderstood,” says Lisa Sauder, Alaska Regional Director for the American Heart Association.  “We’re asking men and women to bring a voice to it by participating in Wear Red Day and telling women that they can take action to prevent it.” Currently some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. The American Heart Association says 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

Alaska State Capitol Goes Red

In an effort to raise public awareness of the impact heart disease has on our population and the importance of learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the Alaska State Capitol will be going RED on Wednesday, February 1.  Legislators and staff will be wearing red to help sound the alert about heart disease. 

CPR Training 

Alaska may also become the first state in the nation to have the majority of legislators trained in CPR. The American Heart Association and the Loren Marshall Foundation are proud to be hosting CPR training sessions on February 1 & 2 for legislators and staff. 

For event details and resources to participate in Wear Red Day as a group or organization, visit www.heart.org.anchorage or call 907-865-5300

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.

About Go Red For Women

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement, created by women, for women, dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease: heart disease can kill you or a woman you love.  With more women dying of cardiovascular disease than the next three causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc, with additional support from our cause sponsors.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

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