Join the Heart Foundation in their fight to raise the awareness about women and heart disease.
You might be surprised to hear that the number one killer of Australian women is not breast cancer; it’s heart disease. Each year, heart disease kills three more women than breast cancer, which is why we need to raise awareness about the disease. Often thought as a men’s disease, heart disease claims the life of 24 female every day. That means every hour, one Australian woman loses her life to heart disease.
To help change these statistics and put heart disease on the agenda for women, The Heart Foundation has launched a 3-year campaign specially for Women and Heart Disease with the financial goal to raise $5 million over three years. Funds are needed to run a multifaceted campaign that will focus on providing health equity to all Australian women. Money raised will be used to provide a public education campaign, develop tools and training materials to be used when educating women and health professionals, and provide grants for research and for regional towns to allow whole communities to unite behind the campaign. Since August 2014, almost $1 million has been raised. This has enabled the first phase of an awareness campaign to be launched.
Last night, the Heart Foundation held a signature event at Paspaley in Sydney’s Martin Place to officially launch this awareness project. With Former Miss World and Wildlife carer Belinda Green MCing, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley was the guest speaker. Past fundraising efforts were acknowledged and the women and heart disease message was shared among a new group of individuals. But, this awareness around women and heart disease needs to be spread further so that more women are having heart checks and know the warning signs.
For more information about Women and Heart Disease, visit the Go Red For Women.
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Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.