UPDATE: Red Dress Dash to raise awareness of heart disease
Posted By: Veronica Ortega
Dozens of people were running around Lincoln tonight in red dresses.
It was the annual Red Dress Dash.
It’s part of the American Heart Association’s "Go Red For Women" movement. Maggie Thorn with the American Heart Association said it’s a great way to promote the cause.
"This is just another reason for people to get out, see the community come together for heart health and letting them know about all those opportunities they have to make lifestyle changes and get heart healthy; to go red," said Thorn.
Supporters took off from Vega and made a quick dash of 1.6 miles around Lincoln’s Haymarket Thursday night.
The event took place Thursday night to kick off National Wear Red Day on Friday.
Thursday runners hit the streets of Lincoln to raise awareness about heart disease in woman.
"A lot of the times with women we think about breast cancer and we certainly don’t want to minimize that risk, but heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States," says Kristin Syde with the Nebraska Heart Institute.
Heredity is a big unavoidable risk factor. Medical experts say it’s also important to be aware of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and being overweight. They say 80% of cardiac events are preventable with the right information and changes to your lifestyle.
"A lot of those risk factors are largely preventable through diet, through exercise, through maintaining a healthy blood pressure, and healthy cholesterol," says Kristin Syde.
The Red Dress Dash is specifically for heart disease in woman but men are also in danger.
"Learn the symptoms and if you don’t feel well, go in and have it checked out. Better safe than sorry!" says Patty Mundorf who lost her father to a massive heart attack.
Nurse from the Nebraska Heart Institute are proudly showing their support with these t-shirts that say," My cardiologist is better than yours,"they will be out this year braving the cold to run, walk, or dash 1.6 miles around the haymarket in red.
Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day. Everyone is encouraged to take a photo and us #LincolnGoesRed and post it to social media.