Red is the color of passion, joy, energy, luck, and love. In February, it also stands for good health.
That’s because February has been declared American Heart Month, and February 1st Wear Red Day, according to an Assembly Resolution by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan. For a decade, Wear Red Day has been raising awareness about risks and prevention of heart disease for women. According to the American Heart Association (AHA):
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women – mothers, sisters, daughters, friends – and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease causes one in three deaths each year.
The AHA says that when women “Go Red,” they are more likely to make healthy choices, like getting regular check-ups and exercising more. Wear red this Friday, February 1st, and tell others why you’re doing it. As the AHA says, “Let’s turn America red to shine a spotlight on heart disease in women.”
- Host a cook off with a chef or nutritionist that feature heart-healthy recipes.
- Invite friends for a night of pampering…give each other red manicures, then take the Go Red Heart CheckUp.
- Organize an exercise class or club. Wear red while you do heart-healthy work-outs.
And if you want to go big when you “go red,” consider joining the America Goes Red Challenge. Simply snap a photo of your community’s creative expression of what it means to “go red.” Post the photo to the Go Red for Women website or facebook page. And share on CALA’s facebook page too! We’ll be in red on February 1st…will you?