Red is a strong color. Whether you’re trying to make a fashion statement, stand out, or catch someone’s attention, red is probably your best bet. Stylists and professionals have even said that wearing the color red can be a confidence booster, and « Go Red For Women » says these are some reasons they chose red for this monumental day. But also, it is the color of our hearts.
In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute took multiple actions against heart disease. A disease that takes the lives of nearly 500,000 American women every year. Yet, even with these large statistics, many people weren't paying attention to it or educated on the mater. People thought heart disease was more common for men than women, but they were mistaken. The American population wasn’t well informed and wasn’t aware of the prevalence heart disease has, not only in the American population, but in American women. Heart disease is officially the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, and the AHA and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute were on a mission to raise awareness. Thus, National Wear Red Day was born.
National Wear Red Day occurs on the first Friday in February each year and it is currently approaching it’s 18th year. It « 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 ». Since the day was first founded, these organizations have seen tremendous success. Over the last seventeen to eighteen years:
1. Almost 90% of women have made at least one heathy behavior change
2. More than 1/3 of women lost weight
3. More than 50% of women increased their exercise
4. 6 out of 10 women changed their diets
5. 1/3 of women have talked to their doctors about their heart health
6. Nearly 300 fewer women die from heart diseases or stroke each day
7. Death in women has decreased by more than 30% over the past decade
These amazing accomplishments are just the beginning for what these organizations hope to do with National Wear Red Day. Still, more work is needed and 1 in 3 women are dying from heart disease or stroke, despite the strong efforts and progress. The funds raised for the Go Red For Women project help support and finance educational programs to increase education and awareness as well as aid research in heart disease to discover more knowledge about cardiovascular health.
National Wear Red Day and the Go Red for Women organization are here to help mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, and friends live their lives to the fullest and live the longest life they can. With everyone’s help in raising awareness and raising funds, these organizations can continue their tremendous progress and only improve what they have already accomplished. While research into cardiovascular health is extremely important, education into the subject is also crucial. Many people do not realize that 80% of deaths from heart disease and stroke are preventable and can be avoided. With the right health, exercise, warning signs, and more, women can identify and change their habits to live a longer a life. This is why education and awareness about this is so important.
For the first Friday in February of 2018, make sure to wear red and promote this important day. Raise awareness, tell your friends and family, and learn the information for yourself. It can be as easy as wearing a the right color and reading an article and sharing it. This year, help all the women in your life!