Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney were joined by Councilmen Anthony D’Esposito and Dennis Dunne, CSEA Local 880 President Charles Sellitto and representatives of departments throughout the Town as they kicked of “Heart Health Month” in the Town of Hempstead with the American Heart Association. Dr. Jean Cacciabaudo from the American Heart Association, who was joined by Regional Vice President Kathy Munsch, gave a presentation about the importance of cardiovascular health at the kick-off event.
The first Friday in February has long been earmarked as “Wear Red Day for Women” which is a massive national public awareness day urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools and the media to “go red” and buildings and landmarks to “glow red” to bring attention to the number of women who die of cardiovascular disease. The entire month of February is known as American Heart Month. Cardiovascular diseases claim more women’s lives annually than the next five causes of death combined. “Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women,” noted Councilwoman King Sweeney, who is a member of the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red. “These are our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends. Every penny that is raised by our Town employees through this program is used to support educational programs and fund research to help combat heart disease.”
“Hempstead Town employees have long supported many worthy causes including the American Heart Association and I am pleased to stand with all those who have volunteered to help fundraise for this very important initiative,” said Supervisor Gillen. “Heart health is something that we all need to be conscious of and I couldn’t be happier Hempstead Town’s participation in this program will help to raise awareness about this important topic.”
Each department within the Town has a designated volunteer “Team Leader” who will be supplying paper hearts, red dress pins and key chains to those who make a donation to the American Heart Association. Those leaders will encourage the participation of their fellow employees in both the fundraising efforts which will continue throughout the month of February and to wear red on February 2nd to help raise awareness.
This year, for the first time, Hempstead Town will also light its historic clock tower red to further promote heart health awareness.