Prairie du Chien, WI – In an effort to create awareness about heart disease, Crossing Rivers Health participated in the National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1 to support the Go Red for Women movement. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. One in three women die of heart disease and stroke each year.
“GO RED is more than a color, a slogan, or a campaign,” shared Maria Mathis, Director of Clinics at Crossing Rivers Health. “GO RED is a call to action for women to take control of their health.”
The American Heart Association uses the phrase GO RED as an acronym, meaning:
G: Get your numbers – ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
O: Own your lifestyle – Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
R: Realize your risk – We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
E: Educate your family – Make healthy food choices for you and your family.
D: Don’t be silent – Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
The first step in taking action is to make an appointment with a primary care provider.
“Primary care providers are great resources,” explained Mathis. “They get to know you and recognize patterns or changes in your health and well-being.”
Crossing Rivers Health offers two primary care clinic locations – in Prairie du Chien and Fennimore. Individuals interested in scheduling an appointment can call 608.357.2500 or visit crossingrivers.org/clinics to learn more about services and meet providers.