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"Go Red" Results Are In for ND

October 28, 2009

BISMARCK, N. D. - Heart disease is the top killer of women in North Dakota and, for the last three years, the American Heart Association and the Dakota Medical Foundation have been trying to change those statistics with the "Go Red for Women" campaign.

Joan Enderle, who coordinated the North Dakota effort, she says a new survey of "Go Red" participants shows just how successful their push has been.

"We found out that 92 percent of them had made one or more lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of heart disease."

The biggest percentage (64 percent) took up exercise and almost 60 percent made changes to their diet; 40 percent reported weight loss in the process, says Enderle. These accomplishments will not only cut heart attack risks in the future, but cap the costs of treating heart disease, she adds.

"We know that one of the issues is the long-term costs of chronic illnesses such as heart disease. So, our goal through 'Go Red For Women' is to help prevent those, and reduce the amount of health care costs overall."

The survey also indicated more than half the participants checked their blood pressure, 45 percent checked their cholesterol and 25 percent talked to their doctors about their personal heart disease risks.

More information on the campaign is online at www.GoRedND.com.



Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND