Today, MedicAlert staff came to work wearing red as a symbol of our support of women’s heart health. This year marks the 12th year of celebrating National Wear Red Day in the United States.
The first Friday in February has been declared by the American Heart Association as a day to bring national attention to the problem of heart disease in women.
On this day, Americans wear red in support of this effort, while health institutions hold seminars and public events to educate people about the causes, prevention, and screenings for heart disease.
It’s Not Just a Man’s Disease
National Wear Red Day reminds us all, that heart disease is not just a man’s disease. According to the American Heart Association, each year 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke.
But wait, there is good news…. The majority of cardiac events can be prevented with lifestyle changes and awareness about the disease.
A Decade Committed to Change
Today marks the 12th anniversary of National Wear Red Day. Over the past 11 years, the American Heart Association has made tremendous headway in raising mindfulness to women everywhere about the effects of heart disease, and the lifestyle changes necessary to avoid this silent killer. These triumphs include:
- Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
- More than one-third of women have 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.
Show your support in helping raise awareness today. Go Red for women worldwide and remind Americans about the importance in being mindfulness about heart disease!