EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 10, 2010

Northeast Rehab employyes join 'Wear Red Day'

SALEM — Each year, one in 30 American women die of breast cancer, while one in three die from cardiovascular disease. Only one in five women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Ironically, heart disease is largely preventable, if women make the right choices for their hearts when it comes to diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.

The American Heart Association has a "Go Red for Women" campaign that strives to build awareness of heart disease with women. Not only to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle for themselves, but for their entire family.

On Feb. 5, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network joined other organizations from across the country in "Wear Red Day." In addition to wearing red on Friday, the entire week was devoted to educating the entire staff on reducing risk factors and adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Northeast Rehab has supported this campaign because the risk factors for heart disease are the same as those for experiencing a stroke.

"Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network is one of the only facilities in New England that has a certification from the Joint Commission in Stroke Rehabilitation," said Tricia Desrocher, director of the stroke program at Northeast Rehab. "As a part of this certification, we strive to educate the community and our employees on how to prevent strokes and heart disease,"

The effort was noticeable.

"We are excited that so many employees, men and women, wore red today to highlight this important effort," said Kristen Schmidt of the marketing department. "The hallways at Northeast Rehab were full of people dressed in red and the hospital had almost 100 people show up for a staff photo. All of our other locations were also enthusiastic participants."