(1/28/14) The Tomah VA Medical Center will raise awareness about heart disease in women Veterans at a "VA Goes Red" health event at Tomah VA at the library, Building 401, Feb. 7, 2014, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., sponsored by the American Heart Associations "Red Dress Campaign."
"We are proud to team with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement to raise awareness of heart disease in women Veterans and VA staff," said Mario DeSanctis, Tomah VA Medical Center Director. "This event not only highlights our commitment to care for women Veterans, but it's also a great opportunity to share information about cardiovascular disease and prevention."
Activities will include blood pressure checks, healthy refreshments, fitness advice, and educational displays.
"With the number of female Veterans and women in the military rising, and Go Red For Women entering its 10th year, now is the time to unite in the fight against the number one killer of women and advocate for an increase in women-focused research," said Gail Bertolino, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program manager. "Currently, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, so we're thankful for the opportunity to provide Veteran women with life-saving information about their personal risks."
Women serve in every branch of the military, representing 15 percent of today's active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces. By 2020, VA estimates women Veterans will constitute 10 percent of the Veteran population.
VA and the AHA announced their collaboration in May. By combining efforts, the organizations can maximize their resources and share Go Red for Women's messages and tools with women Veterans and VA employees.
Visit www.va.gov/womenvet and www.womenshealth.va.gov to learn more about VA programs and services for women Veterans.