Mount Holyoke Goes Red: Sponsors Day on Women and Heart Disease

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 12:00pm

For immediate release
February 15, 2005

South Hadley, MA--Most women are in the dark when it comes to heart disease. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), only ten percent know that heart disease is their number one killer. To build awareness and encourage preventive efforts, the College and the American Heart Association are sponsoring "Mount Holyoke Goes Red" Thursday, February 24. All members of the Mount Holyoke Community are encouraged to wear red that day.

Part of the day's activities will include a lecture on "Women and Heart Disease." This lecture is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

"Supporting the AHA Go Red campaign is a great way for us to educate community members about the health risks associated with heart disease and to generally promote healthy living," said Lauren Turner, director of human resources.

Elaine D'Amours, director of gift planning at MHC, serves on the Greater Pioneer Valley American Heart Association board of directors and helped organize "Mount Holyoke Goes Red." "I think this is a particularly good time of year to make changes in our lives that will enhance our quality of life," D'Amours said. "And small changes can make a huge difference."

Elaine McCaffrey, a nurse clinician at Baystate Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Program and an adjunct professor at Elms College, will deliver the keynote address, "Women and Heart Disease," from 1 to 2 PM in Hooker Auditorium on the Mount Holyoke College campus. McCaffrey has been a volunteer for AHA for many years, as well as an AHA CPR instructor trainer for 12 years. McCaffrey, who has worked in the cardiology department at Baystate Medical Center for more than 20 years, coordinates the Women's Healthy Heart Program at the hospital and has a passion for helping and educating women about heart health.

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