Expect to be seeing red this February, and lots of it!
Hundreds of local businesses, community groups, hospitals, towns and schools will be wearing red on February 1st to help raise awareness and funds to fight - the number one killer of women – cardiovascular disease. The campaign is part of the American Heart Association’s 10th Annual Wear Red Day in which participants wear red, donate $5.00 to join the Go Red For Women® movement and receive a red dress pin, all to help raise awareness of heart disease.
Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red has become linked with the ability all women have, to choose heart health and live longer, stronger lives. For 10 years, Go Red For Women has been educating and connecting hundreds of thousands of women with knowledge and tools to help women make lifesaving choices. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved and 330 fewer women are dying per day. But the fight is far from over.
“Now is the time to act. Heart disease is still the number one killer of women, and ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease,” said Rachel Doucette, one of the 2013 local Go Red Spokeswoman. “With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented, and even ended.”
In recognition of the 10th National Wear Red Day on February 1, 2013, Go Red For Women asks that Women Go Red, across the country in new and bold ways. In the past, we have proudly worn red. But this February, let’s do more than that. Let’s make sure that every landmark, every Main Street, every organization and home in America goes red. Let’s turn America RED to shine a spotlight on heart disease in women.
On Friday, February 1, 2013 represent women everywhere by wearing red on National Wear Red Day. Join thousands of other mothers, sisters and friends, as well as television personalities and news anchors by taking action in the fight against heart disease. Women can “Go Red” by wearing a red dress, red t-shirt, or even red shoes to help us fight this No. 1 killer. Men can “Go Red” by wearing a red tie or red shirt.
About Go Red For Women
Go Red for Women captures the energy, passion, and intelligence of women to work collectively to wipe out heart disease - the No. 1 killer of women. Since 2004, The American Heart Association has fostered Go Red to grow from a grassroots campaign into a vibrant national movement. Using the simple moniker "Love Your Heart," Go Red for Women aims to mobilize women, men, celebrities, healthcare providers and politicians to embrace and elevate the cause of women and heart disease. For more information about Go Red for Women, please call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit GoRedForWomen.org.
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.