The Red Stick shows support for heart disease awareness

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POSTED: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 5:29pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:40pm

On all of the NBC33 and sister station FOX44 broadcasts today, you’ll notice our anchors are wearing read today. It's part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign. It's to raise awareness for heart disease.

Heart disease is a top killer in the country.

At Blue Cross Blue Shield in Baton Rouge today all employees wore red to show their support for the heart healthy efforts.

And, all week they've been fundraising for the Capital Area Heart Walk. The goal is to raise $10,000 for heart disease awareness.

"I did not know what a tragic killer it can be for women, so I am personally committed and I think it’s just wonderful,” Peggy Scott, Blue Cross Blue Shield, said. “We are blue and we are committed to keeping our community healthy."

Since 2008, the Baton Rouge Blue Cross has donated more than $238,000 to the American Heart Association, all to help fight heart disease.

In addition, on February 9, join the American Heart Association at the Capital Area Go Red for Women Luncheon. Educational and interactive health stations will be provided by event sponsors, with Ochsner Health System providing health screenings. It’s your chance to see if you are at risk of heart disease.

During the morning, there will also be a silent auction for guests. Every dollar raised helps fight heart disease. The ticketed luncheon portion will follow with a heart healthy lunch designed by noted author Holly Clegg. During lunch, there will also be a fashion show.

Tickets for the event are $100 for the day.

To make a donation, www.goredforwomen.org ">click here

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