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Women "dash" through Norfolk, NE to raise awareness of heart disease

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NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV/US92) -

More than 30 women, dressed in their favorite red dress and running shoes, made a dash through downtown Norfolk, Nebraska, Friday night, to raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease.

The ladies ran one-mile through downtown and finished at the Norfolk Arts Center where Mayor Sue Fuchtman proclaimed February 1st as "Wear Red Day" in the city of Norfolk.

Doctors say the common misconception among women is that heart disease is a man's disease, when in fact the silent killer affects 1 in 3 women.

They say while cardiovascular deaths have been declining, more prevention work needs to be done. "By increasing awareness, getting people in a heart smart program, diet, exercise, weight reduction, we can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and decrease the risk of death and dying," said Dr. Thomas Brandt.

Following the Red Dress Dash, the ladies headed for a local restaurant for some heart healthy hors 'devours, a glass of wine and discussion about another Heart Association Fundraiser, in Norfolk, coming up next weekend called "Dance to the Beat".

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