POTTSTOWN PA – Pottstown Memorial Medical Center (PMMC) intends to join thousands of Americans nationwide in observing “Wear Red Day” on Feb. 6 (2009; Friday) to promote local awareness about women’s risk of heart disease. PMMC employees, volunteers, and visitors are being encouraged to wear something red during the day, which has been observed annually since 2004 on the first Friday in February.
The hospital’s touch of red will be found among its cafeteria staff, who will wear red clothing and distribute free apples to anyone wearing red. Its female patients will receive a red dress pin free on their meal trays, and free information about heart health will be available.
The day presents “a great opportunity to reach out to women in our community and alert them” about heart disease, says PMMC Community Health Specialist Pat Eltz, RN, MSN. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reports only 20 percent of women identify heart disease as a significant health problem. Most fail to make a connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease, the institute says.
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