OSWEGO, NY – Community members can learn more about being heart healthy in February as part of Oswego Health’s celebration of National Heart Month and National Wear Red Day.
In keeping with its tradition of supporting Wear Red Day, Oswego Health employees are encouraging community members to join them in wearing the color red on February 7 to help raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women.
The goal of this national initiative is to alert women about their risk for heart disease and motivate them to take steps to lower their risk.
Cardiovascular disease kills more than 435,000 women each year, which is about one every minute.
To reduce the chance of a heart attack for both women and men, Kathleen Whitney, R.N., of Oswego Health’s Lakeside Heart Center, recommends regular exercise, a low fat diet, and yearly blood work that checks the cholesterol level.
She also encourages people to become educated on the risk factors, signs and symptoms of heart disease.
The centerpiece of the Wear Red campaign is the red dress, which has become the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.
National Wear Red Day has an easy dress code.
Those who participate are asked to wear their favorite red clothes or accessory – a red blouse, handbag or sport a red tie and red socks. Those wearing red on February 7 show their support for women and the fight against heart disease.
Oswego Health Heart Month Activities
Joining Oswego Health in its Wear Red initiative on February 7 is the Hannibal Village Market IGA, located at 409 Fulton St. in the village.
On National Wear Red Day, Oswego Health will be offering free screenings including blood pressure, as well as educational materials on heart-related topics at the Hannibal store from 2 to 6 p.m. Oswego Health staff will also provide bone density screenings and assist customers with nutrition label reading.
Another initiative will be an Ask The Doctor program presented by Oswego Health Cardiologist Thomas Grady Jr., MD, at 6 p.m. on February 18 in the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.
An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with SJH Cardiology Associates, Dr. Grady, an active medical staff member of Oswego Hospital, is providing care to hospital patients and has office hours for community members in suite 270 of the Oswego Health Services Center.
Another Oswego Health heart-related program, the Lakeside Heart Center, located at 177 W. Fourth St., in Oswego, provides cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness classes to community members that have recently experienced a cardiac event.
This department will be marking National Cardiac Week, which is February 9 to 15.
Looking ahead, staff members from Oswego Health will take part in the Heart Walk to be held March 22 on the campus of Onondaga Community College.