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‘Red’ events draw attention to heart health for women

In homage to the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month, Sacramento will raise the red flag on women’s cardiovascular health with female-focused events.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., more deadly than any form of cancer, according to the American Heart Association. Approximately one woman dies from heart disease every minute. In response, the organization launched the Go Red for Women campaign in 2004, spurring local events around the nation to raise awareness about women’s heart health and research. Following are heart-themed events this weekend:

Today

Capitol Goes Red

State Capitol Room 125, 10th and L streets, Sacramento

8:30 a.m. to noon

The Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute, a local sponsor of Go Red for Women, hosts a kickoff event featuring health screenings and giveaways.

Friday

National Wear Red Day

Arden Fair Mall, 1689 Arden Way No. 1167, Sacramento

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A Macy’s “Wear Red” fashion show, free health screenings from Sutter Health and healthy food samplings from Arden Fair restaurants will make for a heart-happy party in the mall.

UC Davis 2nd Annual Wears Red Day

Hutchinson Field on the UC Davis campus, 1 Shield Ave.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join Alpha Pi Sigma sorority for the Battle Heart Disease fair on the field, before making a giant heart formation of people wearing red. The event is hosted by the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program and the UC Davis Department of Design.

Through March 13, UC Davis will also host the exhibit, “The Red Dress, Design Stories for Heart Health.” The exhibit showcases a collection of student-designed red dresses to raise awareness about women’s heart health. Find more information at http://arts.ucdavis.edu.

Saturday

Love Your Heart Day

Westfield Galleria at Roseville, Center Court near JCPenney, 1151 Galleria Blvd.

Noon to 4 p.m.

Free health screenings and CPR training will be features of this mall celebration, also part of American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.

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