Posted on February 01 2019
February is American Heart Month, and to kick off the movement, The American Heart Association, together with its Go Red for Women movement, are asking all of us to wear red and give to support and raise awareness about heart disease on February 1.
The American Heart Association is the leading voluntary health organization that is devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives. It created the Go Red for Women movement, which is nationally sponsored by CVS Health and locally sponsored by Encompass Health.
But, why do they want you to wear red and give? The answer is quite simple.
Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Someone you know and love may be affected, and age does not discriminate. Heart disease and strokes claim the lives of 1 in 3 women, that is a third of our mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, and friends. The goal is to change those high statistics.
While nearly 80% of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman's greatest health threat.
To treat, beat, and prevent heart disease and strokes, women need to understand their family health history, know their 5 key personal health numbers to help determine risk and make healthy behavior changes; such as exercising more, eating smarter, and managing their blood pressure.
The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women's movement is the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world. For 15 years, Go Red for Women has provided a large platform for women to join together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change, and improve the lives of all women everywhere.
So, how can you show your support and participate in women's health?
- Wear red to raise awareness about heart disease. Remember, it is the leading cause of death in women. If you don't have red to wear, you can always buy the red dress pin online.
- Make a donation to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association either online at WearRedDay.org, or at your local CVS pharmacy from February 3-23.
- Take action for your heart health. To help women better understand their risk for heart disease, CVS Health is offering no cost heart health screenings every Thursday in February.
- Speak up & out & encourage the women in your life to become educated and advocate for their own heart health. Encourage them to get screened, learn their family history, and take preventative measures against cardiac events.
- Join the conversation on social media by using #BhamGoRed and #1in3 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Show your support for women nationwide, and help kick off American Heart Month!
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