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Walker Tower 'Going Red' For Heart Health

Typically, the Walker Center tower in downtown Salt Lake City flashes its neon rooftop sign to indicate what kind of weather is coming. This Friday, however, the sign will shine red for the entire day -- regardless of rain, snow or shine.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Typically, the Walker Center tower in downtown Salt Lake City flashes its neon rooftop sign to indicate what kind of weather is coming. This Friday, however, the sign will shine red for the entire day -- regardless of rain, snow or shine.

The Walker tower is participating in this year's "Go Red for Women" campaign by the American Heart Association, to promote treatment and raise awareness of heart disease among women. Beginning a week-long awareness campaign, the tower sign will be illuminated in red between 4 a.m. and midnight on Friday, Feb. 1.

The AHA's "Go Red for Women" campaign is in its 10th year of existence. Officials say the movement has greatly impacted women's health and has saved more than 600,000 lives. Heart disease is currently the number one cause of death among women.

Built in 1912, the Walker Center tower was once the tallest building between Chicago and San Francisco, standing 16 stories and constructed of a steel frame. For years, the 64-foot neon rooftop sign has indicated the type of weather approaching Utah. The sign was removed in the 1980s, due to a city ordinance, but returned in 2008.

The sign flashes two colors: red and blue. A constant blue sign indicates sunny skies, while flashing blue indicates overcast skies. Constant red means that rain is expected, while flashing red indicates snow.

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- Go Red For Women (American Heart Association)
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