Blue Star Families Goes Red for Military Women

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Blue Star Families joins American Heart Association campaign “Go Red For Women,” promoting heart disease prevention and education to military women

Blue Star Families is proud to partner with the AHA and raise awareness about this deadly but preventable condition, through reaching out to the military community to educate people on how to save their lives and those they love through lifestyle changes.

This month, Blue Star Families is going red and joining the “Go Red for Women” campaign to fight heart disease with the American Heart Association (AHA). Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined, and right now approximately one woman succombs to heart disease every minute. Heart disease affects military wives, sisters, mothers, and daughters as much as it does civilian women. Throughout the month of April, Blue Star Families will be promoting awareness programs on bases across the country, educating the military community about heart disease in women and the many simple ways to prevent it.

“Blue Star Families is proud to partner with the AHA and raise awareness about this deadly but preventable condition, through reaching out to the military community to educate people on how to save their lives and those they love through lifestyle changes,” said Mark Smith, executive director of Blue Star Families.

The “Go Red for Women” campaign offers many ways for people to get involved and educate themselves and their loved ones. Blue Star Families will focus on the “Tell 5 Friends” program, which encourages women to talk to their friends and family about heart disease. The “Go Red Heart Match” connects people through personal stories and similar heart disease experiences so that no one has to fight alone. The twelve-week “BetterU” program offers free healthy lifestyle tips that can have a huge positive impact on heart health. Blue Star Families will also be promoting online, “hands-only” CPR classes through the month.

AHA video: http://youtu.be/t7wmPWTnDbE

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and civilians.

To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit http://www.bluestarfam.org.

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Stephanie Himel-Nelson
Stephanie(at)BlueStarFam(dot)org
703-472-6292

AnnaMaria White
AMWhite(at)BlueStarFam(dot)org
917.579.4716

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