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National Heart Month

(HawaiiNewsNow) - To kick off February's Heart Month, the American Heart Association (AHA), Hawaii Division, encourages everyone to join its kick-off event February 1 at Tamarind Park at Bishop Square in downtown Honolulu. The AHA has dedicated February as American Heart Month to increase awareness that heart health is a priority. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Hawaii and the United States and the No. 1 killer of women.

"With heart disease and stroke being 80% preventable, we can empower ourselves to take action on living healthier and sharing information with others to change the impact these conditions have on each of us, on our families and communities." said Executive Director Lori Suan, AHA, Hawaii Division.

To take action in the new year and help fight back against heart disease and stroke, AHA is spearheading the following events throughout the month of February:

Kick Off Event at Tamarind Park, Friday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The AHA and the Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA), presenting sponsor of the event, invites everyone to a fun, inspirational and educational afternoon featuring:

· Life's Simple 7 Health fair

· Hands-Only CPR demonstration training session

· Kamehameha Schools jump demo team

The first 200 who arrive wearing red will receive a gift from AHA, with the first 100 to complete the Life's Simple 7 Health Fair activity receiving an eco-friendly tote. The AHA has defined seven simple measures, Life's Simple 7, which can be incorporated into every lifestyle for ideal health. Visit MyLifeCheck.heart.org for more information.

National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 1

This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Wear Day, an annual initiative to encourage everyone to wear red on the first Friday in February to raise awareness about heart disease as the number one killer of women, take action, commit to fighting this deadly disease and Go Red For Women. Visit our Facebook page at: <https://www.facebook.com/GoRedforWomen>

"Heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined at an average of one death per minute," said Suan. "Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women with 21 percent fewer women dying from the disease. But we still have work to do: heart disease continues to affect the lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends, this is the time to shine a spotlight on heart disease in women, so join us on this National Wear Red Day."

Go Red For Women Events:

As a national sponsor, Macy's has collaborated with the American Heart Association for the last decade to positively impact women's heart health. This year, Macy's will be sponsoring the following Go Red For Women events:

Wear Red Day Sale - January 30 - February 3

Customers wearing red or purchasing a Red Dress pin will receive a discount of up to 20 percent with Macy's donating 100 percent of all Red Dress pin sales to AHA. The pins will be on sale at all Macy's through Valentine's Day, February 14.

Macy's Little Red Dress Sale - Beginning January 30

On sale January 30, Macy's will feature three red dresses this year to support Go Red For Women. 10 percent of the purchase price of each dress will benefit AHA. Dresses are available at selection locations and on macys.com.

For more information visit: GoRedForWomen.org

This year also marks the first time that the International Stroke Conference will be held in Hawaii, February 6 - 8, at the Hawaii Convention Center. This conference is the world's largest meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. More than 3,500 medical professionals from around the world are anticipated to attend the conference.

About the American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for strong public health choices, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat heart diseases. The Dallas-based organization is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our office around the country, or visit heart.org.

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