Did you know that Friday, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day? Since 2003, the first Friday in February has been deemed National Wear Red Day as a way to raise awareness about women’s heart health. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death among women and claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women every year. However, roughly 80 percent of all cardiac events may be prevented with proper education and lifestyle changes. This is why the AHA and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day and the Go Red For Women movement to advocate for more research into cardiovascular disease and swifter action for women’s heart health.
To show your support for Go Red For Women, you can wear red on February 2nd as well as donate to the movement. All funds raised by Go Red will go towards supporting educational programs that increase women’s awareness about heart disease and research into cardiovascular health. In order to learn more about National Wear Red Day, please visit the American Heart Association’s website.