by Mayor Tammy

Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change these statistics, because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events could be prevented with education and action.

That’s why for the second year the City of Meridian will participate in Go Red for Women Week, Feb. 1st – 5th. On Monday, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) will be at Dutch Bros on Linder and Franklin Roads, participating in Hands-Only CPR training. Last year the group trained over one thousand people in one day – the most for any site in the Treasure Valley during Community CPR Day.

On Friday, we’re encouraging all City employees to wear red as part of National Wear Red Day and we will be promoting the Heart Walk in May. The City will once again be participating this year, with a goal to raise $3,750. I’m hopeful we can achieve this. I challenge you to bring this to your business or employer and participate in the Heart Walk too!

Encouraging heart health through education and activities is important to us year round. Here are other ways we are working to be part of the change we want to see:

Our MYAC has helped organize the Red Out event at Red Robin which encourages healthy menu options and Dance Your Heart Out which is a dance competition and education event hosted by MYAC. Combined, both events raised over $2,000 for the American Heart Association. MYAC has also partnered with the AHA/ASA and youth lobbyers for Youth Lobby Day and were able to secure the passage of Hands-Only CPR as a graduation requirement.

In addition, I regularly participate in Walk to School Day and in 2015 launched Mayor Tammy’s Walking Club to encourage healthy and active habits for our younger generation. Twelve elementary schools participated and 6,900 students walked a combined 83,161 miles. It was a huge success and something I definitely look forward to again this spring!

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating Go Red for Women Week – you don’t have to be a woman to participate! I encourage you to extend your support and activities beyond the Go Red week! Who knows whose life will be saved because of your involvement? It might even be yours. I hope to see you at one of our events encouraging heart health or education!

In 2015, Mayor Tammy was recognized for her work in promoting heart health and education. The American Heart and Stroke Associations named her Youth Advocate of the Year.

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