National Wear Red Day is an annual awareness day celebrated on February 7 of this year. Heart disease is considered to be the #1 health threat for women from all over the world. The heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year. Approximately one woman every 80 seconds are being killed due to cardiovascular disease. So it is important for any women to know about the heart disease as get rid of it in a better way possible. National Wear Red Day is created in a way to bring in awareness to the women about the heart disease. People are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their support of women’s heart health on this Day.
“Heart disease continues to be the number one killer; cancer, the number 2 killer, not far behind. The tragic aspect of these deadly diseases is that they could all be cured, I do believe, if we had sufficient funding.” – Arlen Specter
History of National Wear Red Day
The National Wear Red Day has been in celebration since the year 2003. The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign has created this awareness Day. Ever since that, the first Friday of every February marks this Day. The awareness campaign has founded this Day for women as to bring awareness about the heart disease. The Day has been sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (N.I.H.), which is the part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Wear Red Day is a massive national public awareness that was first observed in 2002 with an aim to bring national attention and raise awareness about the women’s heart health. It is essential to fight against the No.1 killer of women as with this awareness movement.
The increase in heart disease is due to the cardiovascular disease that kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Both the heart disease and stroke is killing one in three women. According to Go Red for Women’s official website, the 80 percent of the cardiac events are preventable with the education and lifestyle changes. The lives of women can be saved or prevented from heart disease with effective lifestyle changes, mobilizing communities and shaping policies for the betterment. The Go Red for Women organization is working to make woman knows more about heart disease as a better way to make her beat it.
Go Red For Women encourages women to make the time to Know Your Numbers. All the women should know to take control of their heart health with the five numbers like Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, and Body Mass Index (BMI). By knowing these numbers, any women can determine their risk of developing the cardiovascular diseases. The Heart Truth has created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for the women and the heart disease awareness. Both men and women are being encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their support of women’s heart health.
How to Celebrate National Wear Red Day
Celebrating the National Wear Red Day is quite simple. Get to know in detail about the heart disease, its symptoms, and treatments. You could also show your support for the women and awareness about the heart problems by wearing a red dress. Support and encourage women around you to take medical checkups relating to the heart diseases. Ask them to keep up heart health with the five numbers. Encourage and educate people around you and spread knowledge about the heart issues faced by women. Make everyone around you wear red and share your picture on the social media using the hashtag #WearRedDay.