National Wear Red Day to Recognize Heart Disease in Women

By KBJR News 1

National Wear Red Day to Recognize Heart Disease in Women

January 15, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM CST

(NNCNOW.com) -- Consider wearing red in honor of the 10th Annual National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1st, to draw attention to cardiovascular disease.

For nearly 30 years, cardiovascular disease has affected women in far greater numbers than men.

Since 1963, February has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease. The month also has been the signature month for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign, and the message that heart disease is not only a man's problem.

Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices:
- Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change
- More than one-third have lost weight
- More than 50% have increased their exercise
- Six out of 10 have changed their diets
- More than 40% have checked their cholesterol
- One-third have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans

Learn more about the movement here

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