Hundreds of Siouxland kids take part annually in the Mercy Heart Center's "Red Dress Art Contest," which seeks to alert Siouxland residents of all ages about the serious threat of cardiovascular disease - especially for women. In February, National Heart Month, children in kindergarten through the 8th grade are invited to submit an original, color picture on 8 ½ by 11-inch paper that incorporated a red dress.
A committed group of Siouxland women is dressing up for something deadly serious.
Mercy Heart Center has organized the Red Dress Ambassadors to help make all women aware that heart and cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for women. The Red Dress Ambassadors call attention to opportunities for women to improve their quality of life through heart disease education, risk assessment and lifestyle changes.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 500,000 women die each year of heart and cardiovascular disease. This is more than the next seven causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
Women interested in becoming a Red Dress Ambassador should contact Sharon Blanche at Mercy Heart Center at (712) 279-2878 or firstname.lastname@example.org to send an e-mail. Click here to access the Red Dress Ambassador application form.
For a free copy of Mercy Heart Center's heart disease risk assessment for women, call (712) 279-2995. More information about women and heart disease is available on the American Heart Association website at www.americanheart.org/women.
If you would like to order one free red dress pin from the American Heart Association, please call 1-888-MY-HEART.