(Atlantic) Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones signed a proclamation this morning in the Mayor’s Office declaring February Heart Disease Awareness month with the paint the town red campaign.
“Every Friday in February we are encouraging all businesses to have their employees dressed in red,” stated Jones. “We want everyone to think about being heart healthy.”
Karla Akers Cass County Public Health Program Coordinator says heart disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all kinds of cancer combined.
Akers says the goal is to recognize the deadly impact of heart disease.” We want to create awareness and the effects of heart disease and the warning signs of heart attack and stroke,” said Akers. “And just how to live a healthier life style.”
Akers says heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of disability in the U.S., with more than 3-million people reporting serious illness and decreased quality of life.
Akers, with Melissa Stark assisting in this campaign have set their goal to provide awareness and educate community members regarding the warning signs of heart attack and stroke, and the benefits of living a heart healthy lifestyle.
Akers says they are providing Red Envelopes full of Cass County resources available for heart health. Akers says they are asking local merchants and business owners to join the Paint the town red campaign.
January 24, 2013