FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          Connecticut Department of Public Health

February 2, 2011                                    Contact: William Gerrish

                                                               (860) 509-7270



HartfordThe Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and American Heart Association are reminding people to “Go Red for Women” on Friday, February 4th. 


Nearly half a million women die of cardiovascular disease every year. Health officials are asking people to wear red to raise awareness of the number one killer among women.

On Friday, February 4th, people around the nation are encouraged to “Go Red for Women.” Every year, the American Heart Association asks people to wear red on National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease in women. Cardiovascular disease, a largely preventable disease, kills approximately 500,000 women each year. More women die of cardiovascular disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women website ( contains many resources for helping women make heart-healthy choices every day including:

  •  Go Red BetterU: A FREE 12-week online makeover that can change your life.
  • Go Red Heart CheckUp: An online tool that provides a 10-year, personal heart disease risk assessment.
  • Stories - Women are Speaking Up: Hear women who are sharing their stories and speaking up for women’s heart health nationwide and sharing their healthy choices.
  • Consumer Education: Educational materials such as cookbooks, brochures, bookmarks, posters, Web alerts, etc.

For more information about cardiovascular disease please contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at (860) 509-7655 or visit


The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state. To contact the department, please visit its website at or call (860) 509-7270.