MAXIMUS Goes Red for Women
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MAXIMUS employees raised money for the American Heart Association to raise awareness and support research and education.
Did you know heart disease is the number one killer of women, deadlier than all forms of cancer? February 6 marked the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, a national day of awareness and education, fighting heart disease and stroke for women. MAXIMUS offices across the nation took the initiative to participate and raise awareness.
Here are some unsettling facts:
- 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
- The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women than in men, and are often misunderstood.
- While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
It’s time to focus on finding and becoming the solution. Many things can put you at risk for these problems – one’s you can control, and others that you can’t. Some things you can do include:
- Don’t smoke
- Manage your blood sugar
- Get your blood pressure under control
- Lower your cholesterol
- Know your family history
- Stay active
- Eat healthy
But the key takeaway is that with the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended. This is why the MAXIMUS Foundation and MAXIMUS employees aligned ourselves with Go Red for Women. It is in our power to make a change in our own lives, our families’ lives and our communities as a whole.
Thank you to our Ambassadors who coordinated their local events, from jeans days to heart healthy games and activities, as well as our employees from the following offices for participating and bringing awareness to their teams:
- Brownsville, Texas
- Washington, D.C.
- Rancho Cordova, California
- Reston, Virginia
- Houston, Texas
- Atlanta, Georgia
Together we raised about $7,000 for the American Heart Association, supporting research and education.