National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 1. On this day, Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness. The Southeast Health District and Appling County Health Department are asking residents to wear red in the form of clothing, buttons, hats, pins, etc. to show their support on this day.
Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their No. One killer (from 34 percent in 2000 to 69 percent in 2009), most fail to make the connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease. A nationwide campaign, The Heart Truth, is underway to raise awareness that women need to protect their heart.
The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress® as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.
This national campaign is building awareness of women’s heart disease and empowering women to reduce and prevent their risk. It is reaching women with important heart health messages in community settings through a diverse network of national and grassroots partner organizations.
For more information about women and heart disease, including materials such as The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women and fact sheets about women and heart disease, please visit http://www.hearttruth.gov.