Sioux City hospitals take part in Wear Red Day

Wear Red Day

Siouxland's two biggest hospitals took part in Wear Red Day events.

Doctors and staff at Mercy Medical Center hosted Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott's announcement of the "Wear Red Day" proclamation Friday morning, with members of the American Heart Association on hand.

Following the mayor's proclamation, attendees heard from a Mercy cardiologist about the importance of heart health awareness.

Dr. Jerome Pierson, Medical Director of Mercy Cardiology said, "It very important for woman because most of the times they are the primary care givers. And they tend to put themselves on the back burner as opposed to following up. They will push their husbands, and their children to go get checked. As the same time they may be having some atypically symptoms that maybe representing heart disease they didn't know about."

Unity Point Health St. Luke's also held a Wear Red Day event this morning.

Mayor Bob Scott made an appearance here as well, followed by heart-healthy activities, information and refreshments.

Linda Wadedo Jochims, American Heart Association said, "Wear red day is so very important because we are bringing more awareness and education to our Siouxland communities. One and three woman will die from cardiovascular disease this year. And we cannot emphasis that enough."

Also in attendance at the St. Luke's event was 2016 Mrs. Iowa Rosanne Plante of Hinton, who is an instructor at Western Iowa Tech.

While serving as Mrs. Iowa, Plante will be touring the state promoting the health benefits of home and school gardens.

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