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Jackson City Hall going red for the Heart Association

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber is joining the American Heart Association to raise awareness of Women's Heart Health. Tuesday he will be lighting Jackson City Hall red for the month of February. The event is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 4:30.  

Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women every year.  Mayor Yarber will also be issuing a proclamation recognizing February 5, 2016 as National Wear Red Day in the City of Jackson. 

The American Heart Association is urging Metro Jackson citizens and businesses to support Go Red for Women by participating in National Wear Red Day, because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.  

According to a press release from the American Heart Association since the first National Wear Red Day over a decade ago, the organization has made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. 

Nearly 90 percent of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.

More than one-third of women have lost weight.

More than 50 percent of women have increased their exercise.

Six out of 10 women have changed their diets.

More than 40 percent of women have checked their cholesterol levels.

One-third of women have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.

The group also says more than 285 women's lives have been saved each day since Go Red for Women began in 2004.  For more information, visit www.goredforwomen.org or call the Metro Jackson American Heart Association at 601-321-1200.

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