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Heart Association encourages all to wear red on Friday to launch American Heart Month

The American Heart Association encourages everyone to wear red on Friday as part of the Go Red for Women Campaign.

Wear Red Day, on Feb. 1, kicks off American Heart Month, in which the Heart Association encourages everyone to honor those living with heart disease while raising awareness about the nation’s number one killer by wearing red and sharing photos on social media.

Women have fought heart disease and helped save lives through the Go Red for Women Campaign for 15 years. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are still affected by heart disease, which requires more attention, more research and swifter action, according to the Heart Association.

An estimated 80 percent of heart disease and strokes are preventable. So what does it mean to go red?

Get your numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.

Own your lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.

Raise your voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.

Educate your family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

Donate: To show your support with a donation of time and money, visit goredbuffalo.heart.org.

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon presented a proclamation earlier this week to Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association Executive Director Marc Natale and Shari McDonald, vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at Mercy Hospital, and chairwoman of the 2019 Go Red for Women luncheon and campaign.

The luncheon will take place Feb. 8 in the Lexus Club at KeyBank Center on the Buffalo waterfront. Tickets cost $100 and also can be purchased on the website.

Those taking part earlier this week in a ceremony marking February as American Hearth Month in Erie County included, from left, Marc Natalie, executive director of the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association; Shari McDonald, vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at Mercy Hospital, and chairwoman of the 2019 Go Red for Women luncheon and campaign in the region; Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon; and Eddie Bratko, chief operating officer with the regional Heart Association organization.

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