Today is National Wear Red Day! You may be asking yourself, what does that mean? Well, National Wear Red Day occurs annually on the first Friday in February. It is an initiative of the American Heart Association to raise awareness about the risk of heart disease among women.
Did you know that according to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women and it takes the lives of 1 in 3 women every year? Many women are completely unaware that they are at risk. The American Heart Association Go Red For Women website has resources available to help you assess your risk, the free 12 week Better U fitness and nutrition program that helps you improve your health and tons of recipes and advice for women.
The focus of the Go Red Campaign is to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease including heart attack and stroke among women. And please don’t be fooled and think you are too young for a heart attack or stroke. I have two good girlfriends that suffered strokes last year and both were under 40! And as far as heart disease goes, just adding exercise and improving your diet can help decrease your risk.
This is personally an important issue for me because all of the women in my family are hypertensive, and my great aunt suffered numerous heart attacks and eventually succumbed to heart disease. My journey to healthy living over the past 15 months has greatly improved my cardiovascular health. Losing fifty pounds and exercising on a regular basis has probably added a number of years to my life.
I am proudly wearing red today and hope that you too will join the fight!
What can you do?
Represent women everywhere by turning your website or blog red today for National Wear Red Day Friday, February 4th!
Go Red in your own fashion or consider supporting Go Red by:
- Posting a photo of yourself wearing red.
- Telling your readers about a heart-healthy activity you enjoy.
- Sharing your favorite heart-healthy recipe.
- Tweeting about #GoRed or #WearRedDay.
You can download social media badges to post on your social networking site, website or blog to help make others aware of the American Heart Association’s mission to fight heart disease in women.