In recognition of women's health and wellness, this Friday is "National Wear Red Day". Ocean County Freeholders are encouraging everyone to wear red and help spread awareness of the risk of heart disease in women.

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Community organizations, including local hospitals, in cooperation with the Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, will also be providing health services to women throughout the entire month of February, Freeholders said.

The goal of "National Wear Red Day" is awareness and understanding. Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari said, "We encourage everyone to engage in preventative actions such as education, health screenings, and a commitment to healthy habits and regular doctors visits to protect against heart disease."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, one in four women die from heart disease. In addition, many women remain unaware of heart disease as a risk factor when considering their wellness.

Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, liaison to the Advisory Commission on the Status of Women added her wholehearted endorsement.

"We join with the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women and the American Heart Association in celebrating the extraordinary progress in women's heart health and recognize that providing the resources to help women safeguard their health is imperative," Haines said.

For more information, visit the Women's Commission portal in the Ocean County Advisory Commission web page. You can enroll for free mailings about Commission events.