Go Red for Women event goes virtual

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Walker County will mark American Heart Month with a virtual Go Red for Women event on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Beverly Moore-Harton of Jasper, who has organized a Go Red for Women gala in Jasper for nearly a decade, will host the Facebook Live event at 3 p.m. 

There will be drawings for prizes. Winners must be watching the livestream in order to claim the prize.

Those who wish to participate can RSVP by calling or texting Moore-Harton at 205-886-6262.

A healthy drive-thru lunch will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Frisco.

"Walker County leads our state in heart disease, and Alabama has the second-highest death rate in the nation from cardiovascular disease," Moore-Harton said in 2018. "It is my mission, and my ultimate goal, to make women and all Walker County residents aware of this silent killer."

Moore-Harton has been involved in hosting Go Red for Women events since working in Tuscaloosa. She continued the work after moving to Jasper.

This is the 57th year that American Heart Month has been observed. President Lyndon Johnson issued the first proclamation in 1964.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Globally, cardiovascular deaths have increased 17 percent in the past decade.

The American Heart Association recommends the following lifestyle changes to help prevent heart disease. 

• Don’t smoke

• Manage your blood sugar

• Get your blood pressure under control

• Lower your cholesterol

• Know your family history

• Stay active

• Lose or manage your weight

• Eat healthy.

Women can also take control of their heart-healthy by monitoring four key numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.

For more resources, visit www.goredforwomen.org.