Go Red for Women Tomorrow, Feb. 4!

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2/3/2011 11:10 AM   :  97 comments   :  14,863 Views

What if I told you that heart disease kills more women than the next four causes of death, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?

What if I told you heart disease takes the life of one woman every minute, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?

What if I told you that 1 in 3 women die every year from heart disease compared to 1 in 30 who die from breast cancer, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?

What If I told you 90 percent of us have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?

What if I told you 80% of cardiac events in women may be prevented, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?

While these statistics provided by the American Heart Association are quite alarming, they are a reminder of the changes we can all make to reverse or at least slow down the progression of heart disease. Hope is not loss. And this is where the Go Red for Women campaign comes into play. The Go Red for Women campaign was designed to help educate women of the importance in making lifestyle changes now so that they may deter the staggering effects of heart disease later in life.

This Friday, February 4th is National Wear Red Day which encourages women, men and children to wear red to help raise awareness to this number one killer of women. And in doing so, you may inspire your mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and friends of the necessity to change the path we, as women, are on. This is no longer a journey to fit in a smaller size, but a journey for many women to embrace living a life of health, especially as we grow older.

When women take control of their health, like participating in programs like the Go Red program, they literally change their lives. According to the American Heart Association's Go Red research, women who participated in Go Red made amazing health transformations when they adopted healthy lifestyle choices. Not only did one-third of these women lose weight, but nearly half of them increased their exercise. Six out of 10 women changed their diets, while 40% of them made monitoring cholesterol levels a priority. These small, yet powerful changes these women made had a huge impact on their heart health.

So tomorrow don something red and let's all help raise awareness to this number one killer of women. If we can all encourage and support one another, maybe just maybe, future generations will no longer be fighting this battle.

For more information and education resources visit: Or you can call 1.888.MY.HEART

Do you plan on wearing red tomorrow to help raise awareness and inspire action to this disease?


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  • 47
    I will be wearing red tomorrow. - 2/3/2011   11:17:23 PM
  • 46
    Tomorrow is my birthday and I support heart health so yes I will be wearing red tomorrow! - 2/3/2011   11:07:47 PM
  • 45
    Yes, I will be wearing red tomorrow! - 2/3/2011   10:49:29 PM
  • 44
    I don't go out much except grocery shopping but tomorrow I am going to a fundraiser dinner and I may wear my red sweater if it isn't to big on me. Haven't worn it since I lost weight. I will wear my red dress pin. Being diabetic increases my chances of having heart problems but losing weight and exercising is helping to decrease that chance. - 2/3/2011   10:19:42 PM
  • 43
    I will be wearing red tomorrow! - 2/3/2011   10:11:34 PM
  • 42
    My hubby just had a triple bypass...I'm wearing red to support his new lifestyle!!! - 2/3/2011   9:48:04 PM
  • ROBINRC1
    41
    Running to the store for a really simple red shirt. - 2/3/2011   9:34:18 PM
  • 40
    Yes, I will be wearing red tomorrow. - 2/3/2011   9:16:17 PM
  • 39
    Both my parents died of heart disease so I definitely plan to take this to heart!! - 2/3/2011   9:05:41 PM
  • 38
    I am sooo glad you posted this! I sent an email to all of my friends earlier today to remind them and wrote again tonight to please wear red! - 2/3/2011   8:47:45 PM
  • 37
    I really don't like nor do I wear the color red..... red and pink are my all time least favorite colors... however, in honor of wear red day I will most likely wear red valentine heart socks..... and I have a "red dress" pin for heart disease awareness I'll pin on...... - 2/3/2011   8:39:01 PM
  • 36
    thats scary you never hear about heart disease as a lady problem. - 2/3/2011   8:26:16 PM
  • 35
    YES, I will. I always do !! - 2/3/2011   8:23:09 PM
  • SOULOFADANCER
    34
    i'll wear red but gotta find my dresspin - 2/3/2011   8:22:58 PM
  • SHISMAMA
    33
    I have a Beautiful Red Dress I am planning to wear tomarrow!! - 2/3/2011   8:21:31 PM
  • 32
    I, too, will be in red! - 2/3/2011   8:12:53 PM
  • 31
    Here are a few more details:

    * Worldwide, 8.6 million women die from heart disease each year, accounting for a third of all deaths in women. Three million women die from stroke each year. Stroke accounts for more deaths among women than men (11% vs 8.4%) with additional risk for CHD unique to women related to oral contraceptive use in combination with smoking.
    * 8 million women in the US are currently living with heart disease; 35,000 are under age of 65. Four million suffer from angina.
    * 435,000 American women have heart attacks annually; 83,000 are under age 65; 35,000 are under 55. The average: 70.4.
    * 42% of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year, compared to 24% of men.
    * Under age 50, womenís heart attacks are twice as likely as menís to be fatal.
    * 267,000 women die each year from heart attacks, which kill six times as many women as breast cancer. Another 31, 837 women die each year of congestive heart failure, representing 62.6% of all heart failure deaths.

    http://www.womensheart.org/content/
    HeartDisease/heart_disease_facts.as
    p


    - 2/3/2011   8:04:09 PM
  • 30
    yes, I'll wear red to boost the awareness of heart health - 2/3/2011   7:55:29 PM
  • 29
    I already have my red tee shirt out and will be wearing it to support the effort to raise awareness. I agree that this is NOT a "sexist program". When you look at how many women are not treated the same as men regarding heart health, it can't hurt to help raise women's awareness. Men already get the best treatment when it comes to heart health! - 2/3/2011   7:42:55 PM
  • 28
    Go Red!!! Great article, blog! - 2/3/2011   7:19:03 PM
  • 27
    Yes I will be wearing RED...with my red dress brooch pin on my blouse. - 2/3/2011   7:11:47 PM
  • 26
    I'll be wearing something red tomorrow... time to raid the closest lol - 2/3/2011   5:48:39 PM
  • 25
    I AM wearing red tomorrow. Go Red! - 2/3/2011   4:45:16 PM
  • ZUMBAWITHTASHA
    24
    Go RED! - 2/3/2011   4:29:07 PM
  • 23
    I will be wearing red tomorrow. - 2/3/2011   4:02:09 PM
  • 22
    I will be wearing red tomorrow. I don't understand why some people think this is a sexist campaign. It is time that heart disease gets as much media exposure as breast cancer. As the article says, more women die from heart disease than breast cancer. Becoming healthy is better for everyone. - 2/3/2011   3:28:51 PM
  • 21
    Oddly enough, 3/5 of us in the office today are sporting red. Weird. - 2/3/2011   3:28:29 PM
  • 20
    I just saw this article and told my co-workers about it. We are all wearing red tomorrow. I also posted this on Facebook as my status. - 2/3/2011   2:39:07 PM
  • 19
    As a woman who almost died from a heart attack, a month after a supercilious doctor dismissed my symptoms as "obviously indigestion"--without even bothering to examine me--I'll proudly wear red tomorrow. When women with heart problems are taken as seriously as men with heart problems, I'll consider whether the campaign is "sexist". - 2/3/2011   2:26:58 PM
  • 18
    DH and I will be RED tomorrow he has heart disease and I know it bothers him to see these gender biases. He has many friends and colleagues battling Prostate cancer but I do not see us going blue for Prostate cancer. I really think its time. i know men were favoured in the past for being tested and evaluated. Since women bear children and our hormones complicated research. YES we were neglected but the scale is tipping the other way.
    37 happy years with my DH and its a worry to see we have not overcome gender bias one way or the other. Pat in Maine.
    I hope to see lots of RED tomorrow since RED blood runs through All of us . - 2/3/2011   2:18:45 PM
  • AHICKEY1
    17
    I shared this information with my whole staff at school.

    Check out this: http://www.goredforwomen.org/getInv
    olved.aspx
    - 2/3/2011   2:15:55 PM
  • NKLESZCZ
    16
    @FrenchPrincesse--nobody will ask me a single question if I wear red, as to whether I wear it for both men and women, or women only. Again, I'm all for promoting awareness of heart disease, and dismantling stereotypes, but this campaign is so lop-sided for women and entirely apathetic towards men, I simply cannot participate in good conscience. - 2/3/2011   2:15:39 PM
  • 15
    I think that the main reason this campaign is geared towards women is that many people still believe that heart diseases are men's diseases. When people picture heart problems, they see an obese man in his 60s.
    I do however agree that a national campaign like this one could benefit to both men and women. I will be wearing red for all the men and women out there - and for everyone to become more conscient about how the choices they make affect their lifes.

    Snubbing the campaign will not help make a positive change. Participate, and mention to people that YOU are wearing red for both the men and the women who can benefit a lifestyle change. - 2/3/2011   1:46:51 PM
  • MAGIC764
    14
    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, NKLESZCZ. This is not an anti-male campaign. It's simply raising awareness. Getting people to think about being and living healthier benefits both genders. - 2/3/2011   1:10:49 PM
  • 13
    wearing red for my mom too - i was 14 when heart disease suddenly took her 1-29-1985 - 2/3/2011   1:10:12 PM
  • 12
    wearing red for my mom too - i was 14 when heart disease suddenly took her 1-29-1985 - 2/3/2011   1:09:57 PM
  • 11
    I will wear red tomorrow in memory of my mom, who was stolen from us by heart disease. - 2/3/2011   12:12:23 PM
  • HIPPIECHIK04
    10
    I already have my red top out and ready to go - 2/3/2011   11:56:17 AM
  • HOOSIERGIRL4
    9
    I am confused by your statistics--one in three women die every year from heart disease? does this mean that one third of all women who die each year are dying from heart disease? that is a little different from what you have written. - 2/3/2011   11:38:15 AM
  • 8
    I can relate to this blog, I had 2 HA last year, trying very hard not to have another. - 2/3/2011   11:37:53 AM
  • 7
    I will be wearing red tomorrow! Thank you for posting this and raising awareness for such an important topic. Go Red for Women is one of my favorite causes. - 2/3/2011   11:36:41 AM
  • NKLESZCZ
    6
    No. No. A thousand times no. This is a sexist program. A friend of mine suffered a severe heart-attack and he would not have benefited from this anti-male campaign a single iota. Until there's a genderless campaign, I will wear green. You folks oughta be ashamed of yourselves. - 2/3/2011   11:35:15 AM
  • 5
    I will wear red tomorrow. Thanks for letting us know! - 2/3/2011   11:30:37 AM
  • 4
    I will be wearing Red tomorrow and plan on getting healthy for my heart. - 2/3/2011   11:28:44 AM
  • ERNAFLOWER
    3
    RED here I come...time to raid the closet - 2/3/2011   11:25:35 AM
  • 2
    I'm a nurse and I will be wearing red scrub pants tomorrow!! I fully support!! - 2/3/2011   11:21:25 AM
  • PARKERCM
    1
    I WILL be wearing red tomorrow! Become healthy everyone! - 2/3/2011   11:16:19 AM

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