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Rochester: 'Go Red for Women Day'
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Rochester's City Hall glowed red Friday for the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women Day."

The goal of the nationwide event is to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. It is the number one killer of women in the United States.

Ginger Zimmerman, a heart disease survivor, spoke at the event and encouraged women to make healthy choices.

Zimmerman had a heart transplant nearly 15 years ago. She says since then she has been the healthiest ever by exercising, eating right, and making healthy choices everyday.

"I think that my number one message to women is to listen to your body, and you know, women so often neglect themselves and you just can't do that, you just can't. Your life depends on it and it depends on everyday choices and it's not a hard thing to do," she said.

This is the tenth year of the American Heart Association's Go Red movement.

Rochester: 'Go Red for Women Day'
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One of the nation's top heart hospitals in the nation also encouraged its employees to go red.

Rochester General Hospital cardiology operates on 800 surgical heart patients a year.

Staff wore red and handed out "Go Red" pins and information on how to live a healthier lifestyle.

"I think everybody should be concerned about heart disease. You need to eat right, take your medicines, watch your blood pressure and try to lose weight. Everybody is in tune to that this time of year because it is the begining of the year. Make sure you don't smoke and pretty much do all the right things that we know we should do, but are hard to do," said Dr. Eduardo Arazoza, Rochester General Cardiology.

RGH Health System has a heart walk planned April 13th.

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