In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute embarked on National Wear Red Day for women. This is a massive national awareness day for heart disease and strokes in women. The first Friday of Febuary has been designated to encourage men and women to wear red as a symbol of their support of women’s heart health.
This coming National Wear Red day, Febuary 3, 2017 will mark 15 years of observance of the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awarness of woman’s health. Heart disease and strokes cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.
With the awareness of Wear Red Day there have been tremendous strides.They include:
- Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
- More than one-third of women have lost weight, with 50% of women having increased their exercise.
- Six out of Ten women have changed their diet.
- Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each year.
- Premature death in women has decreased by more than 30% over the past 10 years.
A heart-healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of heart diseas. You can make life styles changes by:
- Heart-healthy eating
- Aiming for a healthy weight
- Managing stress
- More physical activity
- Quit smoking
Many celebrities, profit and nonprofit groups come together each year to bring awarness for those who have been affected by heart disease and to educate more men and women.