Wear Red – Heart Disease Awareness in Women
Did you know heart disease is the number 1 killer of women?!
Despite being the number 1 killer of women each year, taking an average of 500,000 lives, heart disease and stroke are still commonly associated with men and do not receive the attention they should in regards to women’s health. To raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women, The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute launched the “Go Red for Women” campaign in 2003. Red, a color that stands out and commands attention, was chosen to represent the cause and is worn each year to raise awareness nation-wide.
Here are 3 facts about heart disease in women that you should know!
- Heart disease and stroke account for 1 in 3 deaths in women each year. This averages out to about 1 woman every 80 seconds!
- 80% of cardiac and stroke events could be prevented by raising awareness, education, and action.
- 5 numbers every woman should know:
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL (good) cholesterol
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the campaign and National Wear Red Day, which falls on the first Friday of February, each year. Since its launch, the campaign has grown exponentially, even gaining the attention and cooperation of celebrities and influential people in the public eye! With such influential people get involved with the cause and raising money for further research and funding, women are increasingly becoming more aware and proactive in regards to their heart health! Since the campaign launched, statistics show that awareness and funding has made a significant difference in the health of women. In fact, more than 40% of women are having their cholesterol levels checked, more than 50% of women are increasing their exercise levels, and almost 300 fewer women are dying from hear disease each year!
This year, be sure not only to wear red, but to raise awareness or donate to the cause. By contributing in whatever way you can, you could help to save the lives of the women you care most about!
Ways You Can Get Involved:
- Wear Red – Post a picture of yourself wearing red along with life-saving tips and facts about heart disease and strokes in women, and share on all of your social media platforms. Don’t forget to tag – #GoRedWearRed
- Shop – Purchase clothing and products that benefit the “Go Red” campaign.
- Donate – Donate to the “Go Red’ campaign, or to an organization that benefits women’s heart health.
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