Be prepared to see red tomorrow. Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day.
No, Valentine’s Day didn’t come a few weeks too early. National Wear Red Day is part of the Go Red For Women Campaign from the American Heart Association (AHA). The day is one of the many ways that the Go Red For Women Campaign brings awareness to heart disease in women. According to last year’s National Wear Red Day website, by wearing red, you are supporting “educational programs to increase women’s awareness.” In addition, wearing red also supports “critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.”
The campaign, which began in 2004, is focused on bringing awareness to women’s heart disease. According to the Go Red For Women website, cardiovascular disease was claiming the lives of 50,000 women each year. By killing one in three women annually, this makes it the number one killer in women. Furthermore, what is a scary statistic is that 80 percent of these deaths could have been prevented.
However, the site says women were not paying attention to it, because it was often assumed that it was an “older man’s disease.” Therefore, Go Red For Women focuses on “encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives.”
And, they are certainly trying to create a heavy impact by setting a goal to reduce the number of heart related fatalities by 20 percent by 2020.
So far, they are trying to reach that goal. One way they do is through promoting preventative measures. The site said that due to the efforts in the Go Red For Women Campaign, 91 percent of women involved in the Go Red for Women Campaign now see their doctor regularly. In addition, 90 percent of women involved received blood pressure checks, while 75 percent have received cholesterol checks in the past year.
In addition to getting checked, the campaign also promotes a healthy lifestyle. The site says that many of the women who are involved follow a healthy lifestyle and diet. Furthermore, the site said that 64 percent of those involved follow a regular exercise routine.
Therefore, tomorrow wear red to promote awareness for women’s health.