February is American Heart Month, and February 5th is National Wear Red Day, both drawing attention to cardiovascular disease and the efforts to stop America’s number one killer – heart disease. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined.
Since 1963, February has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease. February also has been the signature month for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, which inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives. The movement strives to improve the health of all women because the statistics are staggering.
- Heart disease and stroke kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds.
- Today, in the U.S. about 285 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day
- An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
- 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.
The Go Red for Women movement is critical in raising awareness and funds for lifesaving research and education programs in communities. It is a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health and women who are involved with the Go Red for Women live healthier lives.
- Nearly 90% 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.
In recognition of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 5, 2016, Go Red for Women asks that across America, everyone Go Red. It’s as easy as putting on a red dress, a red tie or a red dress pin – just WEAR RED to support the movement. Learn more at GoRedForWomen.org.
Content courtesy of the American Heart Association