February may be a short month, but it’s full of heart. Sure, it’s the month of love and romance, but it’s also a perfect time to make sure you’re heart-healthy, and to raise awareness about heart disease.
In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.
Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women…looking back on all we’ve accomplished, we’ve really made tremendous strides. They include:
21 percent fewer women dying from heart disease
23 percent more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat
Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications, and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
Legislation to help end gender disparities
You can participate by wearing red this Friday, and encouraging your colleagues to do so as well. Share your support by posting pictures on the Go Red Facebook page or by tagging your photos on Twitter or Instagram with #GoRedChallenge.
And read our past post about other ways to encourage heart health in your community. Although we only have 28 days this month, we can make each of them heart-healthy.