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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Charleston VA goes red for women's heart health

The date, time, and location of the Go Red for Women event.

Charleston VAMC employees dress in red to support women's heart health on last year's Go Red Day.

By Meredith A. Hagen, Lead Public Affairs Specialist
Monday, January 30, 2017

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States according to the National Heart Association, causing one in three women’s deaths each year or approximately one woman per minute.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will hold a Go Red for Women event on Friday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the facility’s Main Auditorium to raise awareness of heart disease among women Veterans and VA employees and their families and friends.

“We plan this event annually because it’s so important for women to know the risk factors of this disease,” said Tushara Rhodes, professional nursing development nurse manager. “This year we really wanted to focus on including employees to incorporate the idea of self-care. If you think about it, it’s hard to take care of others if you aren’t also taking care of yourself.”

Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, poor diet, abnormal cholesterol levels, cigarette smoking and a family history of heart or vascular disease, among others.

The event will feature programs at Charleston VAMC focused on reducing heart disease risk such as the Women’s Health Program, smoking cessation, MOVE! weight loss, nutrition, pharmacy and interventional cardiology. Flu shots, blood pressure screenings and light refreshments will also be offered.

Medical Center Director Scott Isaacks will provide opening remarks and a lineup of speakers will give presentations focusing on the modifiable risks factors for heart disease.

  • 8:00 a.m.     Scott Isaacks – Director’s Opening Remarks
  • 8:30 a.m.     Rebecca Luhrs – Exercise/Physical Activity
  • 8:50 a.m.     Dianne Bozzelli – Heart Healthy Nutrition
  • 9:10 a.m.     Cheryl Huff – Stress Management
All Veterans, VA employees, volunteers and others are encouraged to attend this informative event and wear RED that day in support of women’s heart health awareness. The date, time, and location of the Go Red for Women event.

The Go Red for Women event will be held Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 a.m. in the Main Auditorium.

Learn more about the event by visiting our Facebook page.


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