Wolf Pack Goes Red to support the fight against heart disease in women|
Reno, Nev. (Feb. 27, 2009)– Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women. In fact, heart disease and stroke claim more women’s lives each year than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
University of Nevada men’s basketball has teamed up with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women committee to raise awareness of this devastating disease. This Sat., Feb. 28, the Wolf Pack will play host to the Utah State Aggies and has dedicated this game to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women. Saturday’s game will tip off at 7:05 p.m at Lawlor Events Center, and the team is encouraging all fans to support this important cause.
Throughout the game, the scoreboard will display heart health facts and a 30-second public service announcement starring local heart disease survivor Lynn Atcheson. All Wolf Pack cheerleaders will wear red bows, Alfie will wear a Go Red T-shirt, and Nevada coach Mark Fox and Assistants will don red dress pins to show their support.
“Everyone is touched by heart disease in some way,” said Charles Johns, executive director for the American Heart Association in Reno. “By dedicating this game to Go Red for Women, we hope to get people talking about heart disease and what they can do to improve their heart health.”
At half time, Connie Wray of Bill and Connie in the Morning on Alice @ 96.5 will share her personal experience with heart disease and why it’s important to live a heart-healthy lifestyle at every age. Several members of the northern Nevada Go Red for Women committee will also be recognized at half time.
To purchase tickets, call 775-348-PACK.
ABOUT HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN
Heart disease kills approximately 450,000 women each year, which is about one every minute. To fight this statistic, the AHA launched Go Red for Women as a public awareness campaign in 2003 and intensifies the campaign during American Heart Month every February.
Go Red for Women provides a plan to help women assess their personal risk for heart disease and stroke and empowers them to lower their risk through simple healthy lifestyle changes. The AHA asks women to visit their doctor regularly; learn their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers; and take action to safeguard their own health and the health of their loved ones.
The initial grassroots awareness campaign has quickly grown into a movement involving millions of women, men, celebrities, healthcare professionals and political figures who have embraced and elevated awareness of women and heart disease as an important public health issue. The northern Nevada Go Red for Women Committee urges women to help safeguard their own heart health and encourages women to join the Go Red for Women movement, too.
The easiest way to join the Go Red for Women movement is to visit www.goredforwomen.org and take the Heart CheckUp. For information about educational speakers or heart health, please call the AHA in Reno at 775-322-7065.
· Stacy Kendall, Go Red promotions subcommittee chair, 775-982-4651 office; 376-6399 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org;
· Holly Aycock, Director of Marketing & Promotions, University of Nevada, 775-682-6961
· Stacy Miller, Go Red committee member, 775-846-3180, email@example.com;
*Contact Stacy Kendall or Stacy Miller to set up interviews with local heart disease survivors including Connie Wray, businesses supporting Go Red, and medical experts including a cardiologist, registered dietician, nurse and researcher.