It’s pretty common to see a lot of red during the month of February, but all the credit doesn’t go to Valentine’s Day cards and candy. This year, amidst celebrating with your sweetie, take some time to also appreciate your heart. Help raise awareness for the number one killer of women—heart disease—and join The American Heart Association in their tenth year of Go Red For Women.
What is Go Red For Women?
First launched in 2004, Go Red for Women was created to educate women on their risk and the dangers of heart disease, as well as foster community, awareness and support. It also aimed to increase funding for research and treatments in hopes of lowering the high numbers of women killed by heart disease.
In the past ten years, Go Red has made big strides in the fight against heart disease for women. A few statistics (from their website) of the changes they’ve made:
- 21% fewer women are dying of heart disease
- 23% more women are aware that heart disease is the number one threat to women’s health.
- More women specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
How Can You Get Involved?
The official National Wear Red Day is February 7th, but Go Red for Women is challenging people to show their support all month long. Here are just a few ways you can get involved in the fight against heart disease:
- Wear red on Friday, February 7, 2014.
- Host a Wear Red Day event. Check out the free downloads and printables here.
- Make a donation or create your own fundraising page.
- Show your support on social media by posting this image as your profile picture.
- Share a picture of yourself wearing red on the Go Red for Women Facebook page.
Have you participating in Go Red for Women in the past? Will you be wearing red this month? Tell us how you plan to celebrate and promote awareness in the comments section below.