Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. Too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. One in three women suffers in silence, and almost one woman dies every minute of this largely preventable disease.
This year, Go Red is asking women to bring a voice to this silent killer – speak up to save lives.
“Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red and the red dress have become linked with creating awareness of heart disease in women,” said Jacqueline Isherwood, executive director of the American Heart Association, Toledo, “Go Red For Women is channeling its energies and resources to challenge real women nationwide to discover their personal heart health risk by taking the online Go Red Heart CheckUp. Go Red provides tools and information women need to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
On Friday, Feb. 5, show support for Go Red For Women, a nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power women have to band together and wipe out heart disease. Wear red to work, make a donation to the campaign and learn how to love your heart by preventing heart disease.
More than 10,000 companies participate in Wear Red Day, and many cities across the nation illuminate monuments, landmarks and major buildings in red to show their support in the fight against heart disease.
Why Speak up? Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Only one in five women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat and heart disease is largely preventable. In fact, 80 percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented if women make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.
Why Go Red? Research shows that women who “Go Red” are more likely to make healthy choices. More than one third have lost weight and nearly 55 percent have increased their exercise. Six out of 10 have changed their diets, more than 40 percent have checked their cholesterol levels and one third have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
Visit www.GoRedForWomen.org or call 937-853-3101 to find out more about Wear Red Day and Go Red For Women.