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Live Well Corner: Are You Wearing Red for National Wear Red Day?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019

Are You Wearing Red for National Wear Red Day?

By Joanne Troppello

February is American Heart Month, which is a federally designated time to reflect on heart healthy living and how to encourage Americans to get family and friends involvement in the movement for a healthier lifestyle. The first American Heart Month occurred during February of 1964 when Lyndon B. Johnson was President. According to statistics reported by the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the cause of more than 17.9 million deaths annually. That number is estimated to rise to more than 23.6 million by the year 2030.

Today, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day in honor of supporting the “Go Red for Women” movement to encourage awareness of heart healthy living.

Did you know that every 80 seconds one woman in the US is killed due to cardiovascular disease? That's a scary statistic that should hit home for all of us.

You can donate to the “Go Red for Women” movement and help others by making them aware of the importance of this day and the American Heart Month.

The GO RED movement stands for the following:

Get Your Numbers

It is important to get regular checkups with your medical provider to ascertain your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Own Your Lifestyle

Start living a healthier lifestyle by not smoking, exercising regularly, trying to lose weight, and eating healthier foods. These simple steps can do wonders for your health and well-being.

Realize Your Risk

Since heart disease kills one in three women, it is vital that you find out if you are at risk. Don’t procrastinate. Talk to your doctor today.

Educate Your Family

Work with your family to help them make healthier choices for their diets and physical health. You can all work together as a team to make better choices for improved heart health and wellness.

Don’t Be Silent

Become a voice for yourself and all women. Share the message that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Visit Go Red for Women today to find out more information that can change your life and the lives of those you know and love.

Watch this video to find out what it means to Go Red today!

Are you wearing red today in honor of "National Wear Red Day"? What are you doing to improve your heart health?

#GoRed #AmericanHeartMonth #HealthyHeart #HealthyLiving

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