Saint Joseph Heart Institute and American Heart Association Unveil Heart Health Patch Program with Local Girl Scouts


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Lexington, Ky. (August 29, 2013) —Saint Joseph Heart Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, and the American Heart Association have partnered with the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council to educate young girls about their hearts and how to keep them healthy. 

The three have teamed up to create the Go Red Girl Scout Patch program to raise awareness of heart disease and the risks that it poses for women.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.  The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, locally sponsored by the Saint Joseph Heart Institute, is designed to educate and raise awareness about the risk of heart disease among women.
“Kentucky is among the worst states in the country for incidence of heart disease and stroke,” said Robert Salley, M.D., executive director of Cardiovascular Services for Saint Joseph Hospital Saint Joseph Hospital. “If we want to change the future and improve the health of all Kentuckians, we need to help children develop healthy habits.  We are pleased to do just that as part of this innovative and exciting program with local Girl Scouts.”
The Go Red Girl Scout Patch program is designed with various activities for each troop level from Daisies through Seniors and Ambassadors.  The number of activities needed to complete the patch depends on troop level. Activities include understanding risk factors for heart disease, learning how the heart functions, the basics of cholesterol and its impact on the heart, what makes a healthy diet and CPR.
“Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease,” said Joey Maggard, executive director, American Heart Association Central Kentucky Chapter. “By expanding the Go Red program to these Girl Scouts and encouraging healthy heart habits early in life, we hope to help girls begin a lifetime of healthy living.”
Saint Joseph Heart Institute, the American Heart Association and the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council partnered to design a special patch for the program, which kicks off August 29.
“The Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road is committed to helping girls make healthy choices in their own lives and learn and share leadership skills within their communities,” said Susan Hansell, CEO of Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council. “Our partnership with the American Heart Association reflects the commitment from both organizations to building healthy communities across Kentucky’s Wilderness Road.”
Since 2008, Saint Joseph Heart Institute has partnered with the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign to bring heart health education events to Lexington and other cities throughout central Kentucky, including outreach in diverse and underserved populations.
For more information about Go Red For Women, the signs, symptoms or risk factors of heart disease and stroke and more, visit
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KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center.  The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit



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