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Posted February 9, 2018 | 4:36 PM

County Wears Red for Women's Heart Health

Board Declares February as American Heart Month

When it comes to cardiovascular disease, the statistics speak volumes. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases are the nation's leading cause of death, where approximately 844,000 people in the U.S. die each year from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular illnesses.

During the Board of County Commissioners Feb. 2 meeting, the Board presented a proclamation recognizing February as American Heart Month, and February 2 as National Wear Red Day, to raise awareness about women's heart health.

Go Red for Women Specialist Aubrey Oyler accepted the proclamation, and heart attack survivor Susan Hopkins stressed how important it is to take measures for good heart health, such as education and lifestyle changes."

"Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include…obesity, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, and high cholesterol," she says. "And if you manage those things successfully, you have a pretty good chance of preventing cardiovascular disease."

The Board of County Commissioners also presented a proclamation declaring February 4 through February 10 as Tampa Bay Advertising Week to Ad 2 Tampa Bay, a nonprofit organization for young advertising professionals.

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