GLEN ROSE - On Friday, Feb. 5 the American Heart Association (AHA) wants you to “Go Red” for National Wear Red Day in order to assist in bringing awareness to the devastating effects of heart disease in women.
The AHA created "Go Red For Women" to educate women about their risks of cardiovascular disease and to focus on women’s heart health awareness. The movement’s goal is to save women’s lives by bringing to light the fact that heart disease is the number one killer in women.
It is estimated that one-in-three women will die of either heart disease or a stroke.
National Wear Red Day was launched in 2003 and is celebrated the first Friday in February. The day encourages people to wear read to show support for women affected by heart disease.
Macy’s is a national sponsor of the day and, according to their website, has raised more than $55 million towards the cause. Not only are people encouraged to wear red that day, the movement advocates for women to schedule a “well-woman visit” with her doctor to help detect the early signs of heart disease.
According to Go Red, 80 percent of heart disease can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes. Since its inception 13 years ago, Go Red for Women stated that 90 percent of women involved with Go Red have made at least one healthy lifestyle change.
Go Red created an acronym to remind women of the importance of preventing heart disease.
Get your numbers: Have your doctor check your blood pressure, cholesterol and
Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.
Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family.
Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.
If you participate make sure to take selfies and post to social media using the hashtags #GoRed or #GoRedWearRed to show your support for the cause. For more information about Go Red visit goredforwomen.org.