On Friday, Kings County Hospital, in partnership with the American Heart Association, participated in the “GO RED for WOMEN” day in effort to raise awareness of the impact of heart disease on women.
According to the AHA, heart disease is the number one killer of women. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. However, 80 percent of cardiac deaths could be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
More than 200 local residents and partners participated in the annual event, which focused on activities to help promote relaxation and mental health wellness, including meditation and Tai Chi exercise demonstrations.
Participants signed “healthy heart” pledges to make changes in their lifestyle over the coming year – the pledges will be posted up throughout the campus. They participated in: free heart risk assessments; stroke education; blood pressure screening; nutrition education; and free flu shots, while MetroPlus Health Plan provided information on low-cost health insurance options.