National Wear Red Day is Feb. 5

February 4, 2016 in Health

 Mississippi Link Newswire

go-red-for-women-logoThe American Heart Association is urging Metro Jackson citizens and businesses to support Go Red for Women by participating in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 5.

Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, those statistics can change because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.  By wearing red, citizens increase awareness. Going Red, combined with speaking up about heart disease and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, can help save thousands of lives.

We want to encourage women to make their heart health a priority. Ask someone you love to schedule a Well-Woman Visit, a prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health so her doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

Since the first National Wear Red Day over a decade ago, we’ve made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. Women who are involved with the Go Red for Women movement live healthier lives.

•         Nearly 90 percent of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.

•         More than one-third of women have lost weight.

•         More than 50 percent of women have increased their exercise.

•         Six out of 10 women have changed their diets.

•         More than 40 percent of women have checked their cholesterol levels.

•         One-third of women have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.

The acronyms for the GO RED campaign mean the following:

Get your numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.

Own your lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.

Raise your voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.

Educate your family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.

 

More than 285 women’s lives have been saved each day since Go Red for Women began in 2004.

For more information, visit www.goredforwomen.org or call the Metro Jackson American Heart Association at (601) 321-1200.