National Wear Red Day: Go Red for Women’s Heart Health
Friday, February 5th is the 13th National Wear Red Day. Since 2003 the American Heart Association has been promoting this national movement to wear red on the first Friday of every February to raise money and awareness for the rampant issue of Heart Disease and Strokes in women. Despite the enormous success of this campaign, 1 in every 3 women are affected by Heart Disease and Strokes each year, more than all types of cancer combined.
National Wear Red Day was created to raise awareness of the specifically high levels in women across the globe by raising funds for scientific research through individuals and larger groups, as well as Go Red Clothing and Accessories for purchase, providing free educational material on Heart Health, and offering various ways to get involved with the larger movement, such as corporate sponsorship and involvement in local events.
Heart Disease and Stokes have taken a back seat to other diseases in the media in recent years, but this has not deterred research and educational materials from making it to the masses. Factors leading to increased risk of Heart Disease and Strokes include:
Inactivity: it is recommended that both children and adults get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
High Cholesterol: Talk with your doctor and get tested. Factors contributing to high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol are inactivity, diets high in carbohydrates, obesity, smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, and family history.
High Blood Pressure: Have your pressure checked at every doctors visit, and even learn to take it at home. You are at risk for HBP if you are overweight, going through menopause, there is a family history and can decrease risk but cutting out high salt content, saturated fats, cholesterol, alcohol, and stress.
Diabetes: Those with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to develop Heart Disease or have a stroke.
Obesity: Weight issues can lead to the aforementioned risk factors of Heart Disease and stroke. By having diets high in vegetables and fruits, and low in red meat, carbohydrates, and saturated fats
This year’s National Wear Red Day is sponsored by Macy’s. In good fashion, Macy’s will present a Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection 2016 fashion show on February 11th, at 8pm EST:
“The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® Red Dress Collection 2016 presented by Macy’s is an exclusive event where top designers, models and celebrities demonstrate their support for women’s heart health during New York Fashion Week. Founded by The Heart Truth®, the event reminds women that heart diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. In fact, an estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases. The good news is 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.”
(Excerpt taken directly from the Go Red for Women Official Website: https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/get-involved/go-red-women-red-dress-collection/)