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Helps raise awareness for heart disease in women.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
www.washoecounty.us
Contact: Sue Putnam
(775) 843-4048
13-018

Reno, Nevada. Feb. 1, 2013. Washoe County employees went “Red” in a big way Friday for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about heart disease in women.

Every year on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting the deadly disease.

County Manager Katy Simon pledged to personally donate $100 to the AHA for every County department whose team members all came to work Friday wearing red. As of late Friday afternoon, at least five departments had sent photos of their “all red” teams. According to Simon, “Our Washoe County family always steps up to support the community, and this is just another way we can show our thanks for the great work being done by agencies like the American Heart Association that do so much to make this a great place to live.”

The Washoe County Social Services Department (WCSSD) also reported they had 100 percent in red for all in attendance at both children's services and the adult division with 202 employees at work Friday. Through a fundraising event, the department raised an additional $1,000 for the Heart Association. Photos of several County departments are available on Washoe County's Photo Gallery (click on Washoe County -- Community Events -- Go Red Day).

The AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign is designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health as well as band together and collectively wipe out heart disease, which is the number one killer of women. It challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and use the tools that that Go Red For Women provides to take action to reduce their personal risk.

For more information, visit www.heart.org/HEARTORG.

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