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Published on February 05, 2016

UHS Goes Red today, February 5 for women's heart health

Go redToday, Friday, Feb. 5, UHS is going red.

That's because the healthcare system will be joining with the American Heart Association in Greater Binghamton and the Go Red for Women coalition across the country to observe "National Wear Red Day 2016."

It's all part of a campaign in all 50 states to raise public awareness about the seriousness of women's heart-health issues.

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. today in the Lobby at UHS Vestal on the Vestal Parkway.

The event is free and open to the public, and advance sign-up is not required.

In the coming days, look for special information tables devoted to women's cardiovascular health at UHS Vestal, UHS Stay Healthy in the Oakdale Mall, and the cafeterias at UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Binghamton General Hospital.

You'll also find displays at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton, UHS Senior Living at Ideal and UHS Home Care in Johnson City.

And don't be surprised if you see many members of the UHS team who have donned red clothing on Feb. 5.

These will include ladies turned out in red dresses, skirts, blouses, sweaters or scarves, plus quite a few supportive gentlemen sporting red ties.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

And heart attack symptoms in women may differ from those in men – so awareness is vitally important.

Since National Wear Red Day was launched in 2004, it's been a huge success, with more women than ever before maintaining healthy weight, checking their cholesterol and talking with their doctors about their risks for heart disease.

See photos from last year's Wear Red Day below:

Thank you to everyone who wore red!

Posted by UHS on Friday, February 6, 2015

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