Go Red for Women
February 1st is the 10th anniversary of National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about Heart Disease. Every year, more women are killed by heart disease than all cancers combined! Each year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting this deadly disease.
In 2003, the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness of the often ignored, yet critical issue of heart disease in women. Each year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting this deadly disease.
One year later, in 2004, the AHA also created Go Red For Women - a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health as well as band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and use the tools that that Go Red For Women provides to take action to reduce their personal risk.
Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, including:
•21% fewer women dying from heart disease
•23% more women aware that it's their No. 1 health threat
•Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
But the fight is far from over as still hundreds of thousands of women still die each year. It's time to stand stronger and speak louder.
For more information, contact:
- Website: http://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday/index.html