Islip, NY – Islip Town employees turned out wearing red by the dozens for the Town’s annual “Go Red for Women” campaign on Friday, during February, American Heart Month. Staff from departments Town-wide contributed $5 each, to be donated to cardiac health and research programs at neighboring hospitals, Good Samaritan University and South Shore University.

“Symptoms of a cardiac event vary between men and women,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “Today, the Town is spotlighting women committing to take charge of their heart health and the health of those they love. We are grateful to our Town of Islip employees, who continue to embrace every opportunity to raise awareness, whether for breast cancer awareness, substance abuse treatment, or our wonderful partnership with the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Today, hundreds of dollars were raised for cardiac health and research, and we are truly appreciative,” said the Supervisor. 

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths yearly. According to the American Heart Association, most cardiovascular diseases can still be prevented with education and healthy lifestyle changes. 

In keeping with American Heart Month, Supervisor Carpenter invited Dr. Harold Fernandez, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, South Shore University Hospital, to a recent taping of Supervisor Spotlight, where they discussed advances in cardiac care, heart disease and diabetes prevention, lifestyle changes, among other topics.