Battle against heart disease kicks off this week

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Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, kicked off a nine-week drive on Wednesday to switch members from monthly paper statements to eStatements, accessible through mobile and online banking. Via its “Have a Heart” campaign, DNCU pledges to donate $1 per switch to the American Heart Association (up to $2,500).
“Not only are eStatements convenient, but they also reduce our carbon footprint — saving trees and energy,” said Chuck Valenti, DNCU President/CEO. “By linking the campaign to a donation to the American Heart Association, we make this even more of a good thing — and we think members will be proud of DNCU’s commitment to helping an important nonprofit that aims to build healthier lives.”
“The American Heart Association is excited to partner with Del Norte Credit Union on this campaign,” said Suzanne Lawson, Senior Director for the American Heart Association in New Mexico.  “It’s wonderful to have corporate partners like DNCU who are dedicated to building healthier communities here in New Mexico, and who are helping the AHA save lives here every day!”
DNCU’s eStatements are posted to its members’ online accounts every first day of the month. The “Have a Heart” drive aims to switch at least 1,500 members to eStatement conversion and anticipates quite a bit more. As an added bonus, each member who converts will also be eligible for a drawing for two $500 DNCU Visa gift cards, at the completion of the drive in mid-April.
Also, kicking off this week, The Los Alamos Heart Council hosts the Go Red For Women® event.
National “Wear Red Day” is Friday. The council (a United Way Community Partner) will be in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to promote and celebrate Friday’s Wear Red Day.®
The public is invited to stop by the LANB lobby to learn about the risk factors for heart disease and how staying physically active, eating a heart-healthy diet and getting regular checkups can help take a strong stand against heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing more than all forms of cancer combined and killing more women than men. Yet, only one woman in five believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
Go Red For Women® is a national movement led by the American Heart Association that is now in its tenth year of raising awareness to save the lives of women by reducing heart disease.
Currently one woman in three dies of cardiovascular disease, but many of these deaths can be prevented. And that is what Go Red For Women® is all about — educating women (and men) about heart disease so that it can be prevented, treated and perhaps even ended.
For more information on heart disease go to: GoRedForWomen.org or LosAlamosHeartCouncil.org.