Organizations focus on heart health

GRAFTON—Grafton First Friday events will focus on heart health, on Friday, Feb. 3, in honor of National Wear Red Day 2017.

According to, National Wear Red Day is held on the first Friday in February, every year, to raise awareness about heart disease being the number one killer of women, claiming one in three lives each year.

This year’s event will mark 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day began. It was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health.

According to the website, since the initial start of Wear Red Day, there have been tremendous strides. The website reports nearly 90 percent of women have made at least one healthy behavior change, and more than one-third of women have lost weight.

More than 50 percent of women have increased their exercise, six out of ten women have changed their diets and more than 40 percent of women have checked their cholesterol levels.

One-third of women have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans. Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke, each day. Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent, over the past 10 years.

The website stated, despite the progress, more work is crucial. For more information visit

During First Friday events, local organizations will be hosting heart healthy events.

The Love Your Heart Partnership will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., at All Aboard Grafton’s headquarters, located at 121 West Main Street.

The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department will be teaming up with Planned Approach to Community Health Coalition of Taylor County (PATCH), the West Virginia University Extension Office and other various organizations, to put together the event focus on heart health.

At the event, attendees will be able to have blood pressure screenings, learn how some organizations are helping to fight chronic disease and watch the Heart of the Mountain video. The video showcases nine West Virginians, who share their heart heath stories.

Dr. Samantha Crites, Cardiologist at the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute will have a hold presentation at 6:00 p.m. Attendees will be entered to win one of 20 heart health bracelets.

Organizers urge the public to attend the event and “Have fun with friends, and feel the power to live a longer, stronger life.”

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