BPT goes red for American Heart Month

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The Bossier Press-Tribune is “going red” in February for American Heart Month.

Each printed edition, as well as our social media accounts, will feature a red logo and contain content that will share inspiring stories of survival and serve as an educational tool for the community. The BPT is honored to work along side the Northwest Louisiana affiliate of the American Heart Association in their lifesaving mission.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

The Northwest Louisiana affiliate of the American Heart Association will host its Go Red For Women luncheon Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Shreveport Convention Center. The event will feature health screenings, guest speakers, including Haughton’s Rodney Guin, and a healthy lunch.

Sarah Baker, Regional Director for the American Heart Association, said “Women are the heartbeat of the family, and if we are able to educate women on their risk of having heart disease, we can assist them in lowering their risk, along with impacting the entire family’s health. The Go Red for Women platform allows us to speak directly to women, mothers, daughters, who often put everyone else first, and don’t listen to their bodies.”

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The American Heart Association is working toward improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, all by the year 2020.

The BPT has a long standing work and supportive partnership with the American Heart Association. By “going red,” the BPT is taking its involvement and commitment to this worthy cause and kicking it up a few notches.

Cardiovascular diseases are largely preventable. Risks can be lowered by adhering to what they call Life’s Simple 7: not smoking, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, controlling blood pressure, controlling cholesterol and controlling blood sugar.

The Northwest Louisiana affiliate of the American Heart Association is encouraging all business and community partners to get involved this month by participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 5, and making heart health a priority. So join the cause and be sure to wear something red to show your support for heart disease and stroke awareness.

The Bossier Press-Tribune is asking the public to submit stories of survival and remembrance this month. Contact Amanda Simmons at (318) 747-7900 or amanda@bossierpress.com now through Feb.17 with your story submissions.

For more information on the American Heart Association or to purchase tickets, call (318) 347-3122.