Women encouraged to share their heart health stories

Salisbury, MD- What do you picture when you think of “heart health?” We asked women across the Lower Eastern Shore to tell their stories about how heart health has affected their families and themselves, as well as the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We are sharing those accounts across social media and screening the videos at the 2019 Go Red event in February.

The Tri-County region will Go Red for Women’s Heart Health again this February with a free kick-off in Wicomico County. The event will take place from 5-8 p.m., February 1, at the Black Diamond Lodge, 301 N. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland, MD. Learn about heart health from featured keynote health speakers, visit exhibitor booths, take part in free health screenings, and more. Go Red also will feature a dinner buffet.

“Wicomico County is excited to host this year’s Tri-County Go Red event. The American Heart Association along with the Go Red for Women campaign is supporting a new initiative called #GoRedGetFit; we are proud to support this campaign with a special emphasis on physical activity and exercise being a part of making a healthy lifestyle journey,” said Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Caroline Farrell from Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Go Red for Women is a passionate social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. Approximately two-thirds of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms, making regular screening and heart-healthy decisions critical. Go Red’s mission is to “build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” by promoting healthy habits, awareness of risk factors, knowledge about heart disease, and by encouraging women to be proactive about their heart health.

Tri-County Go Red is a partnership between Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset County Health Departments, Atlantic General Hospital, McCready Health, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Apple Discount Drugs, and the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center.

This is a free event, but space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit peninsula.org/gored or call 410-543-7028.



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