City Hall Goes Red for Women
In recognition of American Heart Month and to raise awareness of heart disease, City Hall will be illuminated red for February
What: This month, the City of Portland’s City Hall lights will be illuminated red to raise awareness for American Heart Month and Friday’s 10th Annual Wear Red Day. Heart disease is the number one killer of women aged twenty and older, killing approximately one women every minute. City of Portland Mayor Michael Brennan along with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will call upon residents and local businesses to join them by wearing red at a press conference Friday on the steps of City Hall.
With more than eighty million American adults suffering from heart disease, stroke or some other form of cardiovascular disease, American Heart Month is designed to turn around these statistics by educating adults on what the signs are of a heart attack, encouraging the public to learn CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator, and helping men and women take control of their own heart health.
"The City of Portland has worked hard to address the issue of heart health and we are proud to have been identified as one of the most Heart Friendly Cities in the country by the American Heart Association,” stated Mayor Brennan. “Early diagnosis of risk factors for heart disease, preventing obesity in adults and children, adopting policies that encourage smoking cessation and reduce exposure to cigarette smoke, and promoting access to affordable health care continue to be important goals for the city as we strive to be a leader in the fight against heart disease.”
For more information about Go Red Day, visit www.goredforwomen.org.