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Sunrise Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center Observes “National Wear Red Day”

Skilled Nursing Facility Kicks Off Month Dedicated to Cardiovascular Health Awareness

Feb 17, 2023
Staff in red

The staff at Sunrise Skilled Nursing & Rehab showed its support in the fight against heart disease by donning red attire on National Wear Red Day, observed on Friday, February 3. The initiative is part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign to spread heart health awareness.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and largely preventable. To help reduce this toll, February is also American Heart Month, a time for the entire community to focus on improving cardiovascular health.

“The Sunrise staff's observance of National Wear Red Day was focused on promoting healthy activities and behaviors for members of the community,” said Patty Barnes, the facility's CEO/Administrator. “To help raise awareness, the staff decided to wear red every Friday during the month of February. As always, the kitchen staff offers a heart healthy diet, and Sunrise's Director of Nursing and CEO, along with the rest of the team, have been offering free blood pressure checks in Virden.”

Effects of Heart Disease on Women

Heart disease affects women differently than men, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Factors that can raise women's risk of coronary heart disease more than that of men include:

  • Diabetes
  • Low levels of HDL cholesterol
  • Mild to moderate high blood pressure
  • Smoking