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‘We Care to Wear Red’ at KCH (Feb. 3)


To raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their No. 1 health threat, Kona Community Hospital (KCH) will organize a “We Care to Wear Red” day for all of the employees of the hospital.

The event will take place on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 3 and will illustrate the support that the hospital has for heart health awareness. A photo opportunity is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in front of the Administration building.

National Wear Red Day is a day when Americans nationwide wear red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness.

“Our hospital event is a great opportunity to reach out to our community and alert them to their personal risk factors for heart disease. By joining together, we can raise awareness locally about heart disease and help lead women on the path to prevention,” commented Emily Mendez-Bryant, KCH’s Community Relations Director.

Heart disease takes the life of 1 in 3 women each year. Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their No. 1 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.

The American Heart Association recommends being physically active, eating a heart-healthy diet and being educated about heart disease and its risk factors, as well as share information with the women in our lives about heart disease and how we can fight back.

For more information about women and heart disease, visit or the local chapter of the American Heart Association at 961-2825.

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