National Wear Red Day kicks-off American Heart Month on the Gulf Coast

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - People all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast donned red Friday to bring awareness to women’s heart health. National Wear Red Day is the official start to the month-long focus by the American Heart Association to help people maintain healthy hearts and lifestyles.

The celebrations carry on throughout the month and culminate with the Gulf Coast Heart Walk in Gulfport in late September.

“It is a great honor to serve as the Gulf Coast Heart Walk chair and support the fight against heart disease and stroke alongside my colleagues, my Mississippi Power family and the Gulf Coast community,” said Anthony Wilson, CEO of Mississippi Power and 2019 Chair of the Gulf Coast Heart Walk. “I am excited to work with the leaders of the business community to make an impact for our employees, community members and loved ones.”

Supporting the events of the American Heart Association isn’t enough. Heart health starts with each and every one of us.

National Wear Red Day is the official start to the month-long focus by the American Heart Association to help people maintain healthy hearts and lifestyles.
National Wear Red Day is the official start to the month-long focus by the American Heart Association to help people maintain healthy hearts and lifestyles. (Courtesy Hancock Whitney Bank)

“The American Heart Association does so much in this nation, but certainly in this community," said Hancock Whitney Bank President, Keith Williams "So, we wanted to wear red in order to support what they try and do and bring awareness to everyone,”

He went on to ask, “What are you doing to live a healthier life? Are you physically active? Are you eating healthy? Because whatever you decide to do today is going to affect you 10-15-20 years down the road.”

The Gulf Coast Heart Walk will be held in downtown Gulfport on Sept. 28, 2019.

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