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Go Red for Women – National Wear Red Day

Posted on February 03 2017

 Every year, on February 3, women across the nation unite  to wear the color red. Why red? For one, the color red  vividly stands out and makes a strong statement. The  second reason, because heart disease is the No. 1 killer in  women and red just so happens to be the color of the  heart. In a statement from the www.goredforwomen.org, it reads “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.”

This year will mark 15 years since the first National Wear Red Day. Since the day started, women across the country have been making changes in their daily lives.

They include:

  • 90% made at least one healthy change
  • One-third have lost weight
  • Over 50% add exercise into their weekly routine
  • Eating healthier meals
  • Consulting with their doctor about their cholesterol levels

Even though women have been improving their lifestyles, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease each year. We would all like to decrease that percentage, and since National Wear Red Day started, the death in women has decreased by more than 30%. Let’s keep going to reach 50%!

If you feel your mother, sister, daughter, or your female friend is at risk, please express your concern and try to make an impact in their life. 

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