1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year.
In 2004, the American Heart Association created Go Red for Women to educate women on heart disease, help women come together to show their support, and increase funding for heart disease research and treatments for those in need. Heart disease was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year and we weren’t paying attention. 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.
To celebrate National Wear Red Day® on Feb. 6, 2015, Go Red For Women launched the America Goes Red Challenge — challenging America to Go Red bigger than ever this year. As a woman living with an artificial mitral valve, I plan on going BIGGER with my Go Red support and I hope you join me in my efforts to end heart disease and stroke in women!
This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 6, 2015, marks the 12-year anniversary. Since the first National Wear Red Day®, AHA made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes:
- Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
- More than one-third has lost weight.
- More than 50% have increased their exercise.
- 6 out of 10 have changed their diets.
- More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
- One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
- Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
- Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.
But despite progress, women are still dying. They’re still unaware of their risks and the facts. And now’s not the time for complacency. It’s time to stand stronger, speak louder and join in the fight this National Wear Red Day.
Here’s what it means to Go Red:
G: GET YOUR NUMBERS
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE
Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.
It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
R: REALIZE YOUR RISK
We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY
Make healthy food choices for you and your family.
Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
D: DON’T BE SILENT
Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
Raise your voice here at GoRedForWomen.org.
Wear red, Go Red, or paint your community red, and then share your pictures using #GoRedSelfie through Feb. 28 to get involved. You can also start a National Wear Red Day® Fundraiser to show your support. When you Go Red, you help save women’s lives through greater support, research and funding.