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Wear Red Day Feb. 4 kicks off American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and February 4th is National Wear Red Day, both drawing attention to cardiovascular disease and the efforts to stop America’s number one killer.

 


 

Since 1963, February has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease. Since 2004, February also has been the signature month for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign and the message that heart disease is not only a man’s problem. Consider these statistics:

  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 20 and over, killing approximately 1 woman every minute.
  • More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
  • 1 in 3 American women die of heart disease, compared to 1 in 30 women that die of breast cancer.
  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Eighty percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented if they make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.

Thanks to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, 65 percent of women in America now know that heart disease is their No. 1 health threat (up from 34 percent in 2000). This month, the American Heart Association asks you to expand that statistic by making the fight against heart disease your personal mission.

The American Heart Association offers the following ways to Make It Your Mission and share lifesaving information with loved ones:

Wear Red on Feb. 4: Thousands of people, TV show hosts, buildings and even landmarks will “go red” on National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about this largely preventable disease. Join in by wearing something red and starting the conversation about heart health. Many companies designate their own Wear Red Day during American Heart Month to raise funds for the cause. Visit www.GoRedForWomen.org/WearRedDay for information and resources.

Share your story: Share how heart disease has touched you or someone you know at www.GoRedForWomen.org/castingcall by Feb. 25, for a chance to be a national Go Red For Women spokeswoman. If you’re interested in sharing your story in Nebraska, e-mail Jayme Sandberg, American Heart Association communications director for Nebraska, at Jayme.Sandberg@heart.org.

Join the party: You’re invited to a calorie-burning, life-saving party Feb. 19th! The Red Hot Zumbathon® raises money for the American Heart Association and proves exercising is fun. Cost is $20 dollars, payable at the door. Visit www.heart.org/omaha to pre-register. Walk-ups also welcome.

Join the movement: Women can make a positive first step to improving their heart health by joining Go Red For Women at www.GoRedForWomen.org. Research shows that women who “Go Red” are more likely to make healthy choices. In fact, 96 percent of women who have joined the movement have taken at least one action toward a healthier lifestyle.

Tell 5: Visit www.GoRedForWomen.org/Tell5 to send a Go Red Heart Health Kit to your family and friends with the message you want them to live.

Advocate: You can Make It Your Mission to fight heart disease by joining the American Heart Association’s You’re the Cure grassroots network (www.yourethecure.org) and advocating for policies to promote heart health.

Become a fan: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanHeartAssociationOmaha is the first place to learn about cardiovascular news affecting our state and band together to beat heart disease and stroke in our community.

Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck. Local media partners are metroMAGAZINE and KMTV Action 3 News.

 

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