©2011 Galesburg Broadcasting Co.
|Are You Wearing Red Today?
|The Knox County Health Department with the help of the Knox County Board, among others, has declared February "Go Red for Women" Month. Go Red For Women month's focus is on the public being made aware that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, killing more women than their next five causes of death combined.
Gretchen Gonzalez, Community Health Educator for the Knox County Health Department says nearly 42,000 residents in Illinois were affected by heart disease, and of those, almost half were women who died from cardiovascular disease. Gonzalez tells WGIL local residents are particularly at risk from heart and cardiovascular disease.
"2004 data indicates that Knox County sufers from heart disease-related deaths at a rate of 337 out of 100,000," Gonzalez said. "This far exceeds Illinois' rate of 221 out of 100,000."
Gonzalez attributes the high number of cases locally due to, what she calls, pretty high obesity rates, stats higher than the state average. She says some of the causes could be related to a culture of inactivity among the youth in the community and also bad eating habits.
Gonzalez says February is Go Red Month and that today (Friday) is National Wear Red Day. She says you can honor your mother, grandmother, sisters or anyone who has touched your life and those you care about by supporting women and their awareness to fight both heart disease and cardiovascular conditions.
For more information on Go Red Day, or tips to keep heart disease under control, CLICK HERE.
|02 05 09 by Newsroom
Click here for the WGIL News Archive
Click here for national news
The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.