Freeman Health System employees wear red to #GoRedForWomen

JOPLIN, Mo. – Freeman Health System takes part in national “Wear Red Day” to raise awareness for women and heart disease.

President and CEO Paula Baker was decked out in red as she visited with doctors in the Heart Institute who help save the lives of women.

Health officials say it’s imperative for women to recognize the risk factors associated with heart disease – which includes diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity and family history.

“Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute,” according to the American Heart Association, which organizes the national “Go Red For Women” movement.

Freeman doctors, nurses and even the accounting staff, who like to be in the “black”, were in the “red” today. Volunteers handed out candy hearts to visitors and families of heart patients. Hospital staff even took to social media, with #FreemanWearsRed, to help raise awareness.

“#FreemanWearsRed to call attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women. With the stress of multitasking on today’s women, heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues become more prevalent,” says Paula Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our Freeman Heart Institute made 25,000 contacts with individuals with heart disease, many of them women. We hope this day of wearing red reminds women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heart disease, eat healthy foods, exercise and keep a check on their heart health.”

Health officials also hope a day of awareness dispels the myths about heart disease in women.

February is American Heart Month.