National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 5th.
On the first Friday of each February men and women add red to their wardrobe
to bring attention to a staggering fact; heart disease and stroke cause
1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined.
The good news is that 80% of these cardiac events can be prevented with
education and lifestyle changes.
National Wear Red Day started in 2003, and since then the American Heart
Association has made great progress in the fight against heart disease
and stroke in women:
- 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.
While February 5th is National Wear Red Day, the entire month of February is National Heart
Month. During the month of February we’ll be sharing helpful information
and educational resources to help you learn more about what you can do
to improve your heart health – all year long!