STATE—Friday, Feb. 6 marks the sixth annual National Wear Red Day for Women, a public awareness day urging women (and men), businesses, towns, schools, buildings and landmarks to “go red” or “glow red” and bring attention to the No. 1 and No. 3 leading causes of death for women—heart disease and stroke.
National Wear Red Day for Women recognizes the 14,000 New Jersey women and the 450,000 women across the country who die each year from cardiovascular diseases. The American Heart Association urges everyone to “go red” on Friday by wearing something red—a red dress, a red tie, a red scarf, a red jacket, or a Go Red For Women “red dress” pin. On National Wear Red Day for Women, more than 30 New Jersey landmarks—including the official Governor’s residence – Drumthwacket, Merck & Co., The Prudential Center, Panasonic North America, Schering-Plough Corporation, Battleship New Jersey, the Liberty Science Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and many others—will “glow red.”
Only 57 percent of women realize heart disease is the No. 1 leading cause of death and less than half can identify healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. That’s why this February, American Heart Month, the American Heart Association is offering a free kit for women to host Go Red Pajama Parties – a fun way to educate family, friends and colleagues on ways to live a heart-healthy life. The kit includes a variety of tips and ideas for a successful party, heart-healthy recipes, Go Red “red dress” pins, and more.
The American Heart Association is committed to fighting heart disease and stroke and raising awareness of these diseases. As part of its mission, the association focuses on specific year-round cause initiatives designed to reach the public with resources and information to help them take positive action and achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle. These cause initiatives include Go Red For Women (women and heart disease), Start! (physical activity), Alliance for a Healthier Generation (childhood obesity) and Power To End Stroke (stroke awareness).
The Go Red For Women movement helps fund cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs and advocates for the protection of women’s heart health. Learn more about the Go Red For Women movement by calling 1-888-MY-HEART or visiting GoRedForWomen.org.