National Wear Red Day - February 5
With February being American Heart Month, the first Friday in February is National Wear Red Day. This day is designed to spread awareness of heart attacks and strokes in women by encouraging everyone to wear red. It focuses on cardiovascular risks and diseases. You can don red however you choose including clothing, lipstick or accessories. It is a great way to inspire creativity and spread awareness.
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The history of National Wear Red Day
February is a great month to bring awareness to heart health since we are pretty focused on love with Valentine's Day so close. This is a great step to bringing awareness and information about heart health information and services to women.
The focus is to raise awareness of women's stroke and health disease risk. Cardiovascular disease is the number one health-related cause of death in women, but 87 percent of all heart problems are believed to be preventable. This can be done through education, awareness, resources and research. Supporters stand together in their red to encourage others to be more mindful about the health of their hearts.
The timeline of National Wear Red Day
In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson made February national heart health month. He suffered a heart attack about 9 years prior.
The meaning of the color red evolved in 2002 when the red dress became the national symbol for heart disease awareness in women.
In 2004 Go Red officially made a mission to get rid of strokes and heart disease in women.
The first international license was issued for Go Red for Women.
Things to know about this day
- What it means for women
Going Red is designed to raise awareness and help toward the American Heart Association’s goals. These goals include reducing disability and death from cardiovascular disease.
- Signs of heart problems
It is important to know the different signs of heart problems, so you can recognize if there is a problem with you or a loved one. Heart attacks, heart failure and angina have some common symptoms. These symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, nausea and stomach pain.
- When it officially started.
National Wear Red Day officially started in 2004.
National Wear Red Day activities
- Make some wellness goals.
This is a great month to reflect on your health and make some goals. Being aware of your heart health is very important. You may want to start a cardio program or schedule your yearly checkup. You could also bring some of your friends in on it and encourage each other to workout and get checked out. Prevention is key when it comes to heart problems, so having someone else to hold you accountable can be a great asset.
- Host a fundraiser.
If you are able to, consider throwing a party as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and Go Red. This is a great way to encourage people to think more about their hearts while raising money for a good cause. You can serve heart-healthy foods and discuss ways to keep your heart healthy.
- Spread awareness.
A great way to spread awareness of National Wear Red Day is by sharing it on your social media. You can post pictures of your red outfit and let your friends know where they can participate in Wear Red runs, get screenings and the healthy habits they should implement to keep themselves healthy. You can also share posts from the Go Red for Women website to keep things going.
- Go shopping.
The Go Red’s website is a great way to support the cause. You can buy many different things here including, clothing, office supplies and jewelry. Every purchase you make goes toward the organization’s funding, so it is a great way to help support them and women’s heart health.
- Make red foods.
If you want to keep the red theme going throughout your life, make some red foods. You can do this by adding food coloring to your dishes or by using different red foods in your cooking. Add raspberries, strawberries or red peppers to your dishes and they will not only make them healthier, but keep with the theme of the day.
Things you should know about heart health
- Your lifestyle is key in reducing your chances of heart disease.
A healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce your chances by 80 percent. This is a huge number and the best way to keep your heart healthy.
- Go Red is getting popular.
Go Red is bigger than you may realize. It is actually licensed by 48 organizations in 42 different countries.
- There are many ways to donate.
There are a variety of ways to donate to the cause, such as monthly subscription gifts and in memoriam donations.
Why this is a great day
- It recognizes women.
Women are so important and many times they are taken for granted. Heart problems are also usually associated with men, so this day is essential in bringing awareness to the fact that women can have these issues as well. By keeping women healthy, we keep our society strong. This day encourages regular self care and wellness to keep women in the best health.
- It brings knowledge.
The best thing we can do is keep ourselves informed. We need accurate, concise and up-to-date information to keep our hearts healthy.
- Prevention is so important.
87 percent of heart disease-related problems are preventable. This means that we can head off the problem by taking care of ourselves. This day reminds women how important it is to take care of ourselves.
Pick out your best red outfit or accessories and spread awareness for this day. You can post some information about heart health to encourage the women in your lives to take care of themselves. If we all work together to bring attention to the problem, we can help them prevent heart problems and be around for a long time to come.