TriCounty Health Department invites you to wear RED on Friday, February 2nd for National Wear Red Day. Why Red? Red is the color of our hearts and National Wear Red Day is a movement that starts with you! Go red for womens heart health. By wearing red you help to support educational programs to increase womens awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.
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. And that’s how National Wear Red Day was born making this year, the 15th year anniversary.
National Wear Red Day was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health. And looking back on all has been accomplished, we’ve really made tremendous strides.
- 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.
- 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 our progress, more work is crucial. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. But what’s more powerful? Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends making a change. This year we encourage you to know your numbers, determine your risk for developing cardiovascular diseases, and make lifestyle changes to prevent cardiovascular diseases. The 5 numbers you should know to take control of your heart health are Total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), Blood pressure, Blood sugar, and your Body Mass Index (BMI). Lead by example and know your numbers.
More than ever, your financial contributions help save women’s lives. Funds raised by Go Red support educational programs to increase women’s awareness about their risk for heart disease and stroke as well as critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.