February is 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. And since this year is a leap year, we have an extra day this month; that’s 29 chances to raise awareness about heart health!
This friday, February 5th, is the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. According to the association’s website:
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.
This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 5, 2016, marks our 13-year anniversary. And looking back on all we’ve accomplished, we’ve really made tremendous strides. They include:
- Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
- More than one-third of women has lost weight.
- More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
- 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
- More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
- One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
Are you one of the 90% of women that have made healthy life changes after learning of the danger of heart disease? Would you like to help raise that number to 100%? Wear red this Friday and encourage your colleagues to do so as well. Share your support by posting pictures on the Go Red for Women Facebook page or by tagging your photos on Twitter or Instagram with #GoRedWearRed.
Want to do more this month? Read our past post about other ways to encourage heart health in your community.