National Wear Red Day is an annual awareness day celebrated on February 3 of this year. Heart disease is considered to be the #1 health threat for women from all over the world. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year. Approximately one woman every 80 seconds is killed due to cardiovascular disease. So it is important for any woman to know about heart disease and get rid of it in the better way possible. National Wear Red Day is created in a way to bring awareness to women about heart disease. People are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their support of women’s heart health on this Day.
“Heart disease continues to be the number one killer; cancer, the number 2 killer, not far behind. The tragic aspect of these deadly diseases is that they could all be cured, I do believe, if we had sufficient funding.” – Arlen Specter
History of National Wear Red Day
National Wear Red Day has been in celebration since the year 2003. The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign, has created this awareness Day. Ever since that, the first Friday of every February marks this Day. The awareness campaign was founded on this Day for women to bring awareness about heart disease. The Day has been sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (N.I.H.), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Wear Red Day is a massive national public awareness that was first observed in 2002 with an aim to bring national attention and raise awareness about women’s heart health. It is essential to fight against the No.1 killer of women with this awareness movement.
The increase in heart disease is due to cardiovascular disease that kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Both heart disease and stroke are killing one in three women. According to to Go Red for Women’s official website, 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable with education and lifestyle changes. The lives of women can be saved or prevented from heart disease with effective lifestyle changes, mobilizing communities, and shaping policies for the betterment. The Go Red for Women organization is working to make woman knows more about heart disease as a better way to make them beat it.
Go Red For Women encourages women to take the time to Know Your Numbers. All women should know to take control of their heart health with the five numbers Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, and Body Mass Index (BMI). By knowing these numbers, any woman can determine their risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. The Heart Truth has created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. Both men and women are being encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their support of women’s heart health.
Other Celebrations on February 3
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How to Celebrate National Wear Red Day
Get to know in detail about heart disease, its symptoms, and treatments. You could also show your support for women and awareness about heart problems by wearing a red dress. Support and encourage women around you to take medical checkups relating to heart diseases. Ask them to keep up heart health with the five numbers. Encourage and educate people around you and spread knowledge about the heart issues faced by women. Make everyone around you wear red and share your picture on social media using the hashtag #WearRedDay.
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