Lightning Look To Paint The Town Red

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women over the age of twenty? It kills more women that all kinds of cancer combined. One out of three ladies are dying from this horrid disease, and they might not even know it. What does this have to do with The Tampa Bay Lightning? Continue reading for more information on the scheduled event and The Lightning’s efforts to raise awareness. 

February is American Heart Month. (And no, I’m not talking about Marty St. Louis, as he’s often referred to as the ‘heart and soul’ of the team.) February third is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about women’s heart disease. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is on a mission to spread the word and educate women so that we are ready for battle in the war against Heart Disease.
The Tampa Bay Lightning is teaming up with The American Heart Association in this effort. They are ‘Taking a slap shot against heart disease’ this Friday at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa. Come down from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and wear red! A read shirt, dress, tie, pants, shoes, bandanna, sun glasses, hair tie… whatever you have that’s red! (I’ll probably wear my Buccaneers jersey.) The Lightning Girls, Thunderbug, Lightning Alumni Brian Bradley, Dave Andreychuck, and Chris Dingman along with team General Manager Steve Yzerman will be joining the event by greeting guests and taking pictures with those in red.
Come on down and take part in blood pressure screenings, hands-only CPR training, watch AED demonstrations and learn more about the American Heart Association’s year-long Go Red For Women movement raising awareness around women and heart disease.
Curtis Hixon Park
600 N. Ashley Dr. Downtown Tampa
On the water front next to the Glazer Children’s museum.
Friday, Feb 3 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
You’ll be able to find pictures on Friday’s event on the American Heart Association Of Tampa Bay’s Facebook page.  You can find out more about the Go Red For Women movement and information on the No. 1 killing heart disease here.

Dolly Dolce
@HulaDolly
@BoltsByTheBay
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  • JerryBoggs

    This morning, as every morning, I did a news search of both “women’s heart disease” and “men’s heart disease.” Today’s results at 8:30 a.m.: 24 items for the former, zero for the latter.

    During America’s pre-1960s racism, society focused almost exclusively on improving life for whites, even though blacks as a group were far worse off.

    Similar to this component of racism is today’s new sexism:

    When it comes to heart disease (and 13 other leading causes of death; see http://tinyurl.com/3g9c3oe), society has become almost exclusively focused on women, even though men as a group, especially black men, are far more vulnerable to the disease in every age bracket. Even thousands of men, including many male doctors such as CNN’s Sanjay Gupta and ABC TV’s Dr. Oz, take part in the fight against women’s heart disease but not against men’s. How many women campaign against the disease in the group that is actually more at risk? How many reports, commentaries, and editorials on women’s heart disease speak as if men literally did not exist?

    If you don’t think that’s sexism, what would you call it if women developed heart disease about ten years sooner than men, incurred 70% to 89% of the sudden cardiac events (http://tinyurl.com/3rg27qw), died of it at a higher rate at every age, and everyone focused on men’s heart disease?

    See:

    “Women’s Advocates Wrong About Why More Women Than Men Die of Heart Disease” at http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/womens-advocates-wrong-about-why-more-women-die-of-heart-disease-than-men/

    “Men’s heart disease is far worse than women’s but gets far less attention” at http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/mens-heart-disease-is-far-worse-than-womens-but-gets-far-less-attention/

  • JerryBoggs

    This morning, as every morning, I did a news search of both “women’s heart disease” and “men’s heart disease.” Today’s results at 8:30 a.m.: 24 items for the former, zero for the latter.

    During America’s pre-1960s racism, society focused almost exclusively on improving life for whites, even though blacks as a group were far worse off.

    Similar to this component of racism is today’s new sexism:

    When it comes to heart disease (and 13 other leading causes of death; see http://tinyurl.com/3g9c3oe), society has become almost exclusively focused on women, even though men as a group, especially black men, are far more vulnerable to the disease in every age bracket. Even thousands of men, including many male doctors such as CNN’s Sanjay Gupta and ABC TV’s Dr. Oz, take part in the fight against women’s heart disease but not against men’s. How many women campaign against the disease in the group that is actually more at risk? How many reports, commentaries, and editorials on women’s heart disease speak as if men literally did not exist?

    If you don’t think that’s sexism, what would you call it if women developed heart disease about ten years sooner than men, incurred 70% to 89% of the sudden cardiac events (http://tinyurl.com/3rg27qw), died of it at a higher rate at every age, and everyone focused on men’s heart disease?

    See:

    “Women’s Advocates Wrong About Why More Women Than Men Die of Heart Disease” at http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/womens-advocates-wrong-about-why-more-women-die-of-heart-disease-than-men/

    “Men’s heart disease is far worse than women’s but gets far less attention” at http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/mens-heart-disease-is-far-worse-than-womens-but-gets-far-less-attention/

    • HulaDoll

      @JerryBoggs This is not a sexist thing at all. It’s just one of the many wonderful ways that they are reaching out to the community. I know that men’s heart disease is a threat as well, as I lost my father to it when I was a young age. The Lightning embraces Wear Red Day to help spread awareness. Not a lot of women fear the disease enough to take it personally. You always hear about men having heart attacks, not as many women. @TBLightning, as well as the whole NHL, recognizes cancer in October for both men and women, when most groups only recognize breast cancer. They have a wonderful organization called Hockey Fights Cancer, which I wear the HFC hat at every game. The information for that can be found here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25343In November they take part in Movember, which raises awareness for men’s health, particularly prostate cancer. You can find information about that here: http://us.Movember.com/The NHL’s Movember page: http://us.movember.com/mospace/network/NHLMore articles from NHL.com about the men only disease: http://www.nhl.com/ice/search.htmAs you can see, they reach out to the community to raise awareness for both men’s and women’s health issues. I, for one, am extremely thankful for that.

      Dolly Dolce

      Bolts By The Bay

      @HulaDolly

  • HulaDoll

    @JerryBoggs This is not a sexist thing at all. It’s just one of the many wonderful ways that they are reaching out to the community. I know that men’s heart disease is a threat as well, as I lost my father to it when I was a young age. The Lightning embraces Wear Red Day to help spread awareness. Not a lot of women fear the disease enough to take it personally. You always hear about men having heart attacks, not as many women. @TBLightning, as well as the whole NHL, recognizes cancer in October for both men and women, when most groups only recognize breast cancer. They have a wonderful organization called Hockey Fights Cancer, which I wear the HFC hat at every game. The information for that can be found here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25343In November they take part in Movember, which raises awareness for men’s health, particularly prostate cancer. You can find information about that here: http://us.Movember.com/The NHL’s Movember page: http://us.movember.com/mospace/network/NHLMore articles from NHL.com about the men only disease: http://www.nhl.com/ice/search.htmAs you can see, they reach out to the community to raise awareness for both men’s and women’s health issues. I, for one, am extremely thankful for that.

    Dolly Dolce

    Bolts By The Bay

    @HulaDolly

  • HulaDoll

    @JerryBoggs@huladolly I would also like to add that they are not saying that heart disease kills more women than men, they are saying that it is the No. 1 killer of women. Dolly Dolce

    Bolts By The Bay@HulaDolly

  • HulaDoll

    @JerryBoggs@huladolly Correction: The Hockey Fights Cancer link:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25343Here's an article where we featured Movember:

    http://boltsbythebay.com/2011/11/02/movember-in-the-nhl/

    The NHL’s Movember page:

    http://us.movember.com/mospace/network/NHL

  • HulaDoll

    @JerryBoggs@huladolly Correction: Here is the NHL’s Movember page:

    http://us.movember.com/mospace/network/NHL

  • HulaDoll

    @JerryBoggs@huladolly Correction: the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer page:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25343