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February 5th, 2014

FDR Mid-Hudson Bridge Goes Red For Heart Month



The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the NYS Bridge Authority have teamed up to light up the Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge in red lights for February’s American Heart Month.
The American Heart Association announced that the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the NYS Bridge Authority have teamed up to light up the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge in red lights for February’s American Heart Month. The bridge will glow red the entire month of February, including National Wear Red Day, February 7th.

Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, both men and women, and American Heart Month. In December of 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared February as “American Heart Month” to raise awareness for the “staggering physical and economic loss” due to cardiovascular diseases and to share his optimism that “substantial progress in combating those diseases is being made by comprehensive educational and community programs.”

It is the 50th Anniversary of Proclamation 3566 that officially designated February as “American Heart Month.” Much progress has been made in reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease. Heart disease death rates have declined by almost two thirds during the past 50 years, and stroke rates have declined by more than three quarters (CDC Oct 2011 Fifty Years of Progress).

The American Heart Association continues to raise awareness for these diseases and also fund research to drive progress in treatment and prevention. The American Heart Association second only to the federal government in funding cardiovascular research and has invested a total of more than $3.5 billion, and in recent years consistently topping $100 million annually. The American Heart Association has provided five Hudson Valley researchers with grants totaling $1.43 million.

The AHA’s Go Red For Women movement focuses on women’s heart health awareness in February.

“More than 80% of cardiac events in women can be prevented by lifestyle changes. The bridge going red can help shine a light on women’s number one killer and remind us all that we can make healthier choices,” said Denise Doring VanBuren, Central Hudson Vice President of Public Relations. Central Hudson sponsors the BetterU Challenge program for women.

A 2009 survey conducted by the AHA found that 46% of women were unaware that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. The good news is that more than 80% of heart disease in women can be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes like eating healthier, quitting smoking and exercising 30 minutes daily.

Residents can support the AHA’s mission, and help their own hearts, by purchasing tickets for the February 28th Go Red For Women Luncheon at http://dutchessulstergored.ahaevents.org , or by joining a Heart Walk event on March 15th at Vassar College or March 29th at Dietz Stadium, Kingston. Sign up at www.dutchessulsterheartwalk.org.



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