Wear Red Day events planned

On Friday, Feb. 4, wearing red won't just be for showing off that Mustang pride.Judge Tim Fambrough has issued a proclamation for Feb. 4, to be declared as National Wear Red Day® in Nolan County, in an effort to promote women's health and increase awareness of heart disease in women. According to the proclamation, heart disease is the number one killer of women. One in four American women dies of heart disease, due in part that many women are unaware of the problem, leading to a lack of concern. Once awareness is made of the deadly disease — through events like National Wear Red Day®, women can promote their own heart health. This disease, along with other diseases and illnesses, can be prevented by taking the steps necessary to prevent and control the risk factors. Risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, a family history of early heart disease and age.The proclamation states, "Keeping women healthy and promoting awareness of women's health issues, including heart health, is an important responsibility and depends on the actions of many organizations and groups in our community." Campaigns like National Wear Red Day® and symbols like The Red Dress® help build that awareness of the risk of women's heart disease. As a result, women across the nation become encouraged to reduce their risk and prevent heart disease.In regards to Nolan County, Feb. 4, will help women in the area to take action for themselves, as well as their families. National Wear Red Day® can urge women to make heart health a priority, become aware of their risk for heart disease, and take action to control their risk.Join the effort by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 4, on National Wear Red Day® to work together as a county for the improvement and understanding of these issues in women's health and heart disease.Events have been planned for Feb. 4, in Sweetwater including one hosted by Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital from 9-11 a.m. in their main lobby. The event will include free screenings for both men and women from 9 a.m. through 11 a.m. offering cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose checks. Heart healthy snacks and refreshments will also be served and hospital staff and volunteers will be on-hand to help answer questions. For more information, please contact the hospital at 325-235-1701.Also, The Nolan County American Heart Association Board will be hosting their first Wear Red Day Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, to promote women's heart health during heart month. The luncheon will begin at noon at The Center at Texas State Technical College with special guest speaker Susan Hash of Abilene. Hash is employed by TSTC in Abilene and is a recent cardiac survivor. Tickets for the luncheon are $10 per person, $60 to purchase a table for six and $80 to sponsor a table with a company's sign and/or logo and six tickets. Also available for purchase will be the 2011 Wear Red t-shirts for $10 each. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Please RSVP by Feb. 1, to Joni Coons at 235-7418. Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased from Donnie Ruppert at First Financial Bank, Jerri Gee at Texas National Bank, Joni Coons at Texas State Technical College, Cody Paty at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Richard Smola at Ludlum Measurements and Tim Fambrough at the Nolan County Courthouse.(National Wear Red Day® and The Red Dress® are registered trademarks of HHS and AHA.)