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Faculty fights heart disease
Liberty Elementary School faculty and staff model their red attire on Feb. 1, in support of National Wear Red Day to make the public aware of heart disease among women. - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
In an effort to make its school and community aware that heart disease is the number one cause of death among women, like men, Liberty Elementary School faculty got "all dressed up in red" on Feb. 1.
Joining with thousands of women and men across the United States, the faculty and staff of LES, under the direction of Principal Chris Anderson, supported the national awareness campaign for women about heart disease. National Wear Red Day is one day when everyone can show their support and participation in the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red.
Although many people perceive heart disease as an "old woman's disease" because it is the leading cause of death among women age 65 and older, heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women ages 25-44 years and the second leading cause of death among women ages 45-64 years.  American women are up to six times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer. In fact, heart disease kills more women over 65 than all cancers combined.
There are lifestyle changes that can aid in protecting oneself from heart disease to include:
• Do not smoke
• Control your blood pressure
• Control your cholesterol level
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Exercise regularly
• Eat a low-fat diet
• Take care of diabetes
• Be aware of chest pain
• Know your family history
LES's faculty and staff are excited about being a part of spreading the awareness of heart disease and empowering women to reduce the risks.

Johnson is the school nurse at Liberty Elementary School.
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