Go red for women in honor of American Heart Month

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You're going to be seeing RED this Friday. Evidence shows that childhood risk factors play a significant role in the development of heart disease in adults, and that is why is so important to be aware of the "trickle up" effects of unhealthy eating habits, sugar overconsumption and lack of exercise into adulthood. The organization seeks to save lives by raising awareness about cardiovascular disease, and "Wear Red Day" is a campaign aimed at doing just that! In the meantime, participants are encouraged to select a goal that fits their lifestyle and pledge to make a change over the next several months.

The local support group for WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, meets 4:30-6 p.m. the second Monday each month at Sansum Clinic on Pestas Rorad, third floor. In fact, heart disease kills more women than men.

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Half of Americans are at risk for heart disease, according to the CDC. We want our children to start on a road that will lead to a healthier life. While almost 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of one in three women.

"We know 80% of heart diseases is preventable", said Tim Harms with the American Heart Association.

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"I am honored to chair the 2020 Go Red for Women movement here in Jacksonville". "We can control our blood pressure, risk of diabetes, cholesterol, and obviously smoking cessation is a huge part of lowering your risk for heart disease".

Health experts recommend 150 minutes of activity per week.

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