Celebrate National Wear Red Day


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

This Friday, February 6, marks the National Wear Red Day, when everyone across the country is asked to wear red in support of raising awareness of the number one killer of American women: heart disease. Held the first Friday in February since 2002, the Wear Red Day campaign has been gaining momentum and helping educate women on cardiovascular disease awareness.

Each year, more than 500,000, or roughly 1 in 4 women, or one woman every minute, will succumb to heart disease. And of that number, more than half will die from heart attacks. While heart disease afflicts six times the number of women diagnosed every year with breast cancer, surveys have shown that women fear breast cancer far more so than heart disease. This is one reason why the National Wear Red Day is paramount if we want to change the path on which we, as women, are headed. Sadly, many times a woman’s first experience with heart disease is often her last as many women tend to ignore the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and/or heart disease until it is too late.

So what can do in order to bring this extremely important issue to the forefront of your own community?

  • First of all, please visit The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) website for more information on their The Heart Truth campaign. This is one of many organizations sponsoring events not just on Friday, but for the entire month of February, to help better educate not only women, but everyone, as to the importance in raising awareness of this often deadly but very treatable disease.
  • Consider becoming The Heart Truth coordinator for your company by asking your fellow employees to wear red this Friday. Nothing sends a more impacting and powerful message then to walk in an office with all the employees wearing a common color. And if you can, take time to discuss the importance for all women to talk with their health care providers on the importance regarding their heart health, especially if these women have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, or diabetes.
  • Consider bringing The Heart Truth Campaign to your women’s groups. Book clubs, garden clubs, and church groups all share a common bond, and when we share the need to keep healthy and the need to follow up with our doctors, we just may save a friend’s life.
  • Teachers may want to share with their students the risk factors for heart disease by discussing with them the importance of not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, getting in some good exercise every day, and following a healthy, nutritious diet.

  • Education, by far is one of the most important steps we can take to turn the tide on this disease. By educating one person, and then another, and then another, it is only a matter of time for us to push heart disease out of the number one slot so that we can all see our grandmothers, mothers, daughters, granddaughters, aunts, nieces, friends, and yes, even ourselves, live well into the golden years without the threat of heart disease looming over our heads.

    How do you plan on celebrating National Wear Red Day this Friday? Would you consider leading a campaign for your workplace, school, or woman’s groups?

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  • 90
    Great info - wonder why there isn't more press about this killer of women? I'll be wearing my red tomorrow for sure!
    Thanks! - 2/5/2009   2:19:48 PM
  • 89
    Thank you Sparkpeople for the information.
    I will wear red tomorrow and tell all of my students about the importance of the day! - 2/5/2009   1:48:01 PM
  • 88
    I will make this the daily challenge for 1 of the teams I co-lead! - 2/5/2009   1:44:57 PM
    i'LL BE WEARIN MY RED HIGH HEELS! - 2/5/2009   1:44:47 PM
  • 86
    I will have on my red!!! - 2/5/2009   1:23:43 PM
  • 85
    As a 2 year survivor of a quintuple cardiac bypass, you can bet I'll be wearing red.... More women need to know that their risk of cardiac disease is higher than that of breast cancer, so red it is!
    - 2/5/2009   1:19:50 PM
  • 84
    Yes, I have to go to a birthday party so we made wearing red a part of the theme. - 2/5/2009   1:16:16 PM
  • 83
    I will definitely be wearing my red tomorrow. I am a CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor. Everyone should learn basic life support, you have a better chance doing CPR on a family member than ever doing CPR on a stranger. I have seen first hand the guilt of a family not knowing CPR and watching Grandma die. - 2/5/2009   1:09:14 PM
    Count me in red it is! - 2/5/2009   1:06:16 PM
  • 81
    Got on red every week but definitely tomorrow with my blinking red heart. My mom died of heart disease & I have pre-hypertension, so its definitely something we ALL need to think about. Dee - 2/5/2009   1:02:13 PM
  • 80
    I hadn't planned on celebrating it. I don't own a single thing that is red because I absolutely can't stand the color. - 2/5/2009   12:51:39 PM
  • 79
    We are doing this at my company- so far we have received a lot of money to donate! - 2/5/2009   12:45:03 PM
    i'll be wearing RED tomorrow for sure.... - 2/5/2009   12:44:05 PM
  • 77
    I got a free pin yesterday at a special event! - 2/5/2009   12:40:04 PM
  • 76
    I put wear red on my Have a Heart Challenge this month. My mother had heart problems and passed when she was 69. She was not overweight, did not have diabetes, did not smoke, ate good food. She had LOW blood pressure. I lost her way too soon and I will be wearing red in her memory and will be talking the talk. We need to be very watchful and pro active! - 2/5/2009   12:30:19 PM
  • 75
    So glad this was posted. I knew it was coming up but was not too sure when. Now I know it is the 1st Friday in February. I have spread the word to my co-workers as well. We should all be in a blaze of red tomorrow! - 2/5/2009   12:08:28 PM
    Thank you so much for stressing this. I'll be wearing my "red dress" pin and my "Heart of a Woman" t-shirt. I just passed the one year anniversary since my heart attack. I was 55 at the time. I calculated my risk factor as of January of last year (before the attack) and it was 3%. In other words, I had no indication that I had a heart problem and neither my doctor nor I had any warning. If you have a family history of heart disease, plus any of the other risk factors, no matter what your age you need to be exercising and eating heart healthy. Women's symptoms are different than men's so you also need to be aware of the symptoms specific to women. It took me 12 hours before I went to the hospital because the pain was only in my right arm. A friend of mine who is a survivor only had back pain - they sent her home from the emergency room. - 2/5/2009   12:08:19 PM
  • SILWIL40
    I will be in Red - 2/5/2009   11:39:46 AM
  • 72
    Thank you for letting us know about this. Going right now to make sure I have something red clean to wear to work tomorrow. - 2/5/2009   11:19:33 AM
    I will wear red Tomorrow for sure! - 2/5/2009   11:13:20 AM
  • 70
    I work in a large bank, and we already have a coordinator in our department. In fact, just ten minutes ago she brought us the red t-shirts we ordered to wear tomorrow with jeans! I will keep my red t-shirt on when I go to the gym tomorrow night too. - 2/5/2009   11:00:45 AM
  • 69
    I didn't know about this until now, but I will be wearing red tomorrow! My dad also has heart issues, so it will be a great reminder of excersise being more for health than for weight loss alone. Thanks for the info.! - 2/5/2009   10:50:01 AM
    I will wear red for heart diesease my dad had heart diesease so I will do it in memory of him. - 2/5/2009   10:43:15 AM
  • ACHOI714
    I will be wearing red as heart disease runs through my family, including my dad. Thanks for the reminder! - 2/5/2009   10:40:16 AM
    This is Happyfeet. My first time and I will remind everyone I see to wear RED.
    Thanks for sharing. - 2/5/2009   10:37:51 AM
    Thanks for this post, I never knew that...I will be wearing red. - 2/5/2009   10:35:59 AM
  • 64
    I will be wearing red!!! I LOVE RED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 2/5/2009   10:28:30 AM
  • 63
    I will be wearing red!!! So glad you posted on this I had never heard of it. - 2/5/2009   10:24:27 AM
  • 62
    I'll be wearing red! - 2/5/2009   10:21:40 AM
  • 61
    I will wear red for sure. Every year, in a town close to me, they have a get together where all the women wear red for National Heart Month. They even broadcast it on all of the 4 local television channels. It is a great event to share information about heart health and to make women aware of heart disease and ways to prevent it. - 2/5/2009   9:55:06 AM
    I will wear red on Friday. I will also discuss this article with my co-workers. - 2/5/2009   9:52:05 AM
    I used to work for NHLBI and it is wonderful to see that this has gone beyond our offices wearing the red pin or red colors in awareness of American women and heart disease. Yeah, Spark People!!!! - 2/5/2009   9:41:23 AM
    Count me in - It's red on Friday! We all need to be more aware of Women's health issues. - 2/5/2009   9:40:36 AM
  • 57
    Great article and excellent idea. Indeed, education is a must. But, we need to get more people on board. How about it Hollywood actors and actresses? Are you going to finally put your money where your mouth is? So big to talk when it comes to politics, but how about smoking? Here's a challenge for you actors and actresses, STOP SMOKING IN MOVIES! Stop glamorizing it. I don't want to hear that your smoking in movies doesn't influence young people, it does. What you do influences a lot of people, otherwise you wouln't talk politics. So, how about this, Stop smoking and start promoting healty lifestyles - with NO AGENDA attached other than good health? - 2/5/2009   9:39:07 AM
  • 56
    I love red. :) - 2/5/2009   9:31:13 AM
  • 55
    My Mom passed away from heart disease at age 62 when I was 17. Her Mom died at age 65 from heart disease. That is what lead me to find Spark and learn to eat healthy, lose weight & start exercising more.

    I will definately wear red on Friday. - 2/5/2009   9:29:52 AM
  • 54
    of course and thanks for the great tip about MACY's!!! - 2/5/2009   9:11:32 AM
  • 53
    What a great idea! Never heard of this before - - where was I hiding?
    I'll be wearing Red this Friday for sure. At the age of 15 I had major open-heart surgery and this topic is "near and dear to my heart." LOL
    AND... it's hard to believe that heart problems are the #1 killer of women. Scary! Red is a color of joy to the Chinese. We can also wear Red to symbolize the joy of women becoming aware of this great risk and doing something positive to improve their heart health. - 2/5/2009   9:03:24 AM
  • 52
    We are having a luncheon at work. We have 157 people coming. We are having a fashion show, the clothes are from Macy's one of the sponsors of Go Red for Women. All the money we raise will go to the American Heart Association. My Mom had heart disease, as did all her siblings. - 2/5/2009   8:57:11 AM
  • 51
    My mother passed away from heart disease and today marks the 5th year that she has been gone. This movement is near and dear to my heart and I am a big advocate for this cause. - 2/5/2009   8:56:54 AM
  • 50
    I do not have any heart disease in my family (that I am aware of) but my husbands family has lost many members to heart disease, His grandfather(60's), his father(59), an uncle(61), a female cousin(late 30's) and he has had 2 heartattacks(48), just the ones I can think of at this moment.
    I will be wearing red in memory of all of them and in support of all my fellow spark people who have lost someome close to them from heart disease. - 2/5/2009   8:48:48 AM
  • 49
    Another calendar noted Feb. 2 as Women's Heart Health Day and I wore red on that day too. I'll be wearing red tomorrow as well. Both my parents died from heart attacks and I'm very aware of heart related issues. I would also like to ask you to subscribe to the American Heart Association's Heart Insight magazine. It's a free subscription and is filled with articles concerning heart health, diabetes, stroke, exercise and healthy recipes. Go to: www.heartinsight.com to request subscription. Thanks, Rene... - 2/5/2009   7:19:59 AM
  • 48
    heart disease runs in my family,so far 3 family members have died from heart attack-dad,grandma,uncle - 2/5/2009   7:14:55 AM
  • 47
    I wear my heart pin on my purse everyday, and I'll be wearing red! - 2/5/2009   7:10:11 AM
  • KAREN214
    I work with cardiologist and every day advocate healthy living. I encourage people to exercise and eat well. I also follow my own healthy eating plan and exercise daily. I will be wearing red to work tomorrow. - 2/5/2009   6:33:43 AM
  • 45
    I'M IN - 2/5/2009   5:45:30 AM
  • 44
    I would love to do that... so I'm joining! - 2/5/2009   5:02:37 AM
  • 43
    I would love to do that... so I'm joining! - 2/5/2009   5:01:13 AM
  • 42
    Yes, I'll be wearing red this Friday... just as increasing numbers of people do each year to bring awareness! Since I don't work, attend school or belong to any 'women's groups', I'm not going to be leading any campaigns in those venues. But people will see my red, and that is a campaign in and of itself! :) - 2/5/2009   1:39:45 AM
    I'll be wearing red! I'm a heart attack survivor. - 2/5/2009   1:15:12 AM

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