Division of Public Health Goes Red to Promote Women's Heart Health

Division of Public Health employees dressed in red to support the Go Red for Women initiative to promote cardiovascular health and physical fitness.

Division of Public Health employees dressed in red to support the Go Red for Women initiative to promote cardiovascular health and physical fitness. 

Feb. 8, 2019 – DHHS’ Division of Public Health has “Gone Red” again this year with online messaging to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative to promote heart health and physical fitness.

The campaign was organized by Jeanne Chambers, Courtney Cole and Shamika Howell. They worked with DPH colleagues to develop a slideshow of messages promoting cardiovascular health and fitness. The photos feature their coworkers and their families, with personal messages related to heart health and exercise.

According to the National Institutes of Health, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of illness and death in the United States and the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. NIH estimates that by 2030, 40 percent of the population will have some form of cardiovascular disease. These rates are expected to be higher for African-American women.

The key to prevention, according to the Heart Association, is the development and maintenance of cardiovascular health through ideal health behaviors, such as measuring blood pressure regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, choosing heart healthy foods and staying tobacco free.

The Division of Public Health’s Chronic Disease and Injury Section offers several programs to help people manage their risks for developing heart disease, including the Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) program that provides cardiovascular disease screening and related services to eligible women across the state. 
 

Author: 
Scott Coleman