Healthy Hearts LaunchPosted by JRGD / September 22nd, 2016 / No responses
IN JUNE we launched the beginning of Healthy Heart Month. Lismore Womens Health & Resource were the lucky recipients of a Go Red for Women Grant. This grant allows us to spread the word about Heart Disease and Prevention across the North Coast.
We had a fantastic day at Casino recently launching the Making the Invisible Visible campaign (Healthy Hearts for Women).
The Governor of NSW, His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley and his wife Mrs Hurley were the distinguished guests who launched the campaign across the region. The day was attended by other special guest including Aunty Gwen Hickling (Bundjalung Elder) Wayne Jones, (CEO of NNSWLHD); Kevin Hogan (Federal Member for Page), Thomas George (The NSW Member for Lismore), Ernie Bennett (Mayor RVC), Jenny Dowell (Mayor LCC & Heart Health ambassador), Ellen Palmer (EO/DON), Dr Marion Tait and Mr Troy Combo (Bulgar Ngaru AMS and PHN) as well as several of our very important heart health champions.
This event was primarily about raising awareness about heart disease being the number one killer of men and women.
Women are three times more likely to die of Heart Disease than breast cancer.
• Heart Disease claims 24 female lives a day.
• In Northern NSW we have a higher percentage of Heart disease compared to the NSW average (29.6% V’s 22.5%). We also have higher cholesterol, blood pressure and we exercise less.
• Women are more likely than men to experience atypical symptoms of a heart attack such as jaw and/or shoulder pain, indigestion, nausea and fatigue. Only one in four women is aware these symptoms can be signs of a heart attack.
Thank you to everyone who supported this important event. Please share this message amongst your friends and loved ones.
We launched ‘Making the Invisible Visible‘ month with the Governor of NSW in Casino. Please feel free to join us in spreading awareness about Heart Health to women in our area, by placing a red heart on your hand and uploading it to Facebook. Remember to tag #womenshearts on your post.