Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wear red Friday to raise awareness of heart disease

Join us on Feb. 6, 2015, to celebrate the National Wear Red Day and motivate your loved ones and coworkers to participate in this nationwide movement. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS Office on Women's Health, American Heart Association and many other groups celebrate the day each year to raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women and is largely preventable. Wear red and encourage your coworkers to do the same! 

Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. Through research and education supporting healthy lifestyle changes, the American Heart Association is proud to report that:
  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third have lost weight.
  • More than 50% have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.
Despite this progress, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Learn moreGet involved. Go Red by spreading the word that 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke, yet it is 80% preventable. Make a change.

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