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      Kirksville 'Rocks the Town Red' for heart health

      People are wearing the color red on Friday for more reasons than the celebration of Valentine's Day.

      The Kirksville community and Northeast Regional Medical Center have teamed up to help 'Rock the Town Red' for the second year in a row. This is American Heart Health Month, and the community is wearing red to help show support and help raise awareness about those dealing with heart problems. Red ribbons have also been tied around the light posts lining the streets of the college campuses and around the square, to help draw even more attention to the importance of taking care of not only yourself, but also your heart.

      "We want to make sure people know that we are all affected either through our own health or the health of our loved ones with heart disease. It's so common and it's one of those things that touches just about everyone," said Laura Gruber, NEMO Senior Circle Advisor.

      The NEMO Heart Corporation has a number of events going on to celebrate American Heart Health Month. AED demonstrations will be held at Hy-Vee in Kirksville February 15th from 8:00am - 12:00pm, and a 'Stride for Your Heart Day' will be held February 22nd from 8:00am - 3:00pm at Hy-Vee where you can learn the importance of taking care of your heart.