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February events have female focus

Congregations embrace opportunities to "Go Red" and act boldly

Red isn't reserved for Pentecost or any number of sports teams. It's also the official color for the Go Red movement for women's health. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingsport, Tenn., showed its support last Feb. 13 by asking worshipers to wear red.

They were part of an area campaign spreading the message that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among women. Go Red for Women is an initiative from the American Heart Association that empowers women to take care of their hearts — a perfect emphasis for the Sunday near Valentine's Day (this year Feb. 12). Holy Trinity was one of 70 churches in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia participating in the inaugural Churches Go Red event in 2010 as well.

Members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,
Members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingsport, Tenn., wore red Feb. 13 to show support for women's heart health and to promote Go Red for Women, an initiative from the American Heart Association.

Spreading the Go Red message moves members past a focus on only spiritual health, said Steve Counts, pastor of Holy Trinity, adding, "As a matter of stewardship, how we care for our physical health is important as well."

Counts said Holy Trinity wants to raise awareness about heart disease, which kills more women than the next five leading causes of death combined. Most worshipers wore red, and a presentation about women's health was offered at the congregation's monthly fellowship dinner.


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