County Judge Jim Hudson signed a proclamation Jan. 21 declaring February as Heart Disease Awareness Month and Feb. 7 as National “Wear Red” Day in Ashley County.
The proclamation announced that the Ashley County Annual Go Red event celebrates the “extraordinary progress” in women’s heart health and recognizes that more needs to be done locally to safeguard women’s health for generations to come.
It also notes that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women and that most women do not know that heart disease is a woman’s problem so that they do not take it seriously.
The risk factors for heart disease are 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, and history of preeclampsia.
Women can promote their own heart health and prevent disease and illness by taking steps to prevent and control the heart disease risk factors, according to the proclamation, which also stated that keeping women healthy and promoting awareness of women’s health issues, including heart health, is an important responsibility and depends on the actions of many organizations and groups in the community.
Judge Hudson’s signature deemed women’s health a priority for families, communities, and government, and indicated that the community’s commitment to keeping women healthy is stronger than ever.
The Heart Truth campaign 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. Ashley County women need to take action to make heart health a priority for themselves and their families, become aware of their heart disease risk, and take action to control their risk, according to the proclamation.