Gundersen Boscobel went RED for women
February is American Heart Month, and the kickoff event for this month-long initiative took place on Friday, February 3: Go RED for Women Day.
Traditionally, heart disease and heart attacks have been predominantly associated with men. However, heart disease and stroke are the number one killer of women. Since 2003, Go RED for Women has been the American Heart Association's initiative to raise awareness and dispel the myth that heart disease doesn't affect women.
Go RED for women is an initiative intended to empower women to take charge of their heart health. It challenges them to know their danger for heart disease and to take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. To truly "Go RED," women should (1) follow an exercise routine, (2) eat a healthier diet, (3) visit their doctors for important tests and (4) influence others by talking about heart health, and those things should continue well beyond Go RED Day.
In recognition of this important event, Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics participated in "Go RED for Women Day" by asking staff to wear RED on Friday, February 3. This year, we took things a step farther by asking the community to join us.
The response was overwhelming! Nearly 30 pictures were submitted by e-mail, and many more were posted on various social media—all in celebration of Go RED! Individuals, classrooms, community organizations and local businesses all stepped up to make a difference by going RED and also by taking the time to explain why they chose to do so.
Cash prizes were offered to each school’s Student Council for the highest percentage of students participating, the most students in an individual picture, and the most creative photo. Boscobel Schools won $300 in total prize money for these three categories, and Fennimore and Wauzeka schools received $50 each as “Honorable Mention” for a stellar showing as well.
A drawing was also held from all pictures submitted, so truly anyone who participated had a chance to win. More than 100 total prizes were distributed.
We are proud that, this year, Go RED for Women Day was expanded beyond Gundersen Boscobel and was instead a community-wide event as we began American Heart Month.
Go RED for Women Day
Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics Staff wore red on Friday, February 3rd in honor of Go RED for Women Day