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Courthouse employees show support for National Wear Red Day

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Recently the employees at the Cherokee County Courthouse participated in the National Wear Red Day campaign to raise awareness of heart disease witch is the number one health threat for women. Photo contributed
To raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their number one health threat, Cherokee County Courthouse Employees recently joined the 'National Wear Red Day' campaign.

According to Kristi Petersen, Auditor's Assistant, "Our simple act of wearing red is a great opportunity to reach out to women we see every day and alert them to their personal risk factors for heart disease. By joining together, we can raise awareness throughout the community about heart disease and the path to prevention."

Cherokee County Courthouse activities are in partnership with The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign warning women about their risk of heart disease. The campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with The Office on Women's Health (OWH) and other organizations committed to the health and well-being of women.

Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their number one killer (from 34 percent in 2000 to 69 percent in 2009) most fail to make the connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease. A nationwide campaign, The Heart Truth, is underway to raise awareness that women need to protect their heart.

The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.

This national campaign is building awareness of women's heart disease and empowering women to reduce and prevent their risk. It is reaching women with important heart health messages in community settings through a diverse network of national and grassroots partner organizations.

For more information about women and heart disease, including materials such as The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women and fact sheets about women and heart disease, please visit http://www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

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During America's pre-1960s racism, society focused exclusively on improving life for whites, even though life for blacks was far worse.

Similar to this racism is today's new sexism: when it comes to heart disease (and to most other diseases) society focuses almost exclusively on women, although men as a group, especially black men, are far more vulnerable to the disease in every age bracket. Even thousands of men, including many doctors, campaign against women's heart disease but not against men's. How many women campaign against the disease in the group that is really more at risk? Of the thousands of reports, commentaries, and editorials on women's heart disease, how many read as if men literally did not exist?

That is sexism, pure and simple. What would women's health advocates call it if women developed heart disease about ten years sooner than men and died of it at a higher rate at every age, and everyone focused on making us more aware of men's heart disease, often as if women did not even exist?

"...[I]f Obamacare is passed, the federal government will end up with 10 major offices of women's health and zero offices of men's health. That is hardly gender equality in health care."

Please see: "Women's Advocates Wrong About Why More Women Than Men Die of Heart Disease" at http://tinyurl.com/pkkajz

Then ask yourself: WHOSE heart disease should become aware of?

-- Posted by Male Matters on Thu, Feb 11, 2010, at 8:53 AM

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