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Health educators Valerie Bright and Educator Heleena van Veen discuss WISEWOMAN’s “Go Red” open house on Friday, February 23rd from 3 to 6 p.m. The open house will be held in Building 223 on the SEARHC campus, across from Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Attendees can sign up for WISEWOMAN, receive a massage and door prizes, and learn about other programs.

Bright talks about how to lower a person’s risk for heart failure. “Don’t smoke. Manage your blood sugar. Get your blood pressure under control. Lower that cholesterol. Know your family history. Stay physically active. Lose weight. Eat healthy foods. And get screened so you know your numbers,” she said.

WISEWOMAN, which stands for “Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation,” is a program designed to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. February is Heart Health Awareness Month.