National Wear Red Day

February 1, 2019

Celebrated annually on the first Friday during the month of February in the U.S, National Wear Red Day is a holiday in which men and women wear the color red to raise awareness about the number one health problem that affects American women – heart disease.

Heart disease facts;

  • Heart disease kills one woman every 80 seconds
  • Every year, 30% of the deaths among women in the U.S are caused by heart attacks and strokes.
  • 64% of women who die suddenly from heart disease will have no prior symptoms
  • High cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking all contribute to heart disease
  • Physical inactivity also is a contributing factor to heart disease

The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® and Donate to Go Red For Woman. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

Go Red For Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to “Know Your Numbers.” It’s knowledge that could save your life.  Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. It’s time for all women to learn the most critical numbers in their life — their hearts depend on it.