Join us this Friday February 7th in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the “America Goes Red” challenge to raise awareness in the Number 1 (silent) Killer of Women!!
In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was by far the No. 1 killer of women, and actually killed more women than men. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women. And the red dress has become the iconic symbol of our battle against heart disease in women
National Wear Red Day® — the first Friday each February — is our special day to bring attention to this silent killer of women. We encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.
A Decade of Success
Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, we’ve made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, we’re proud that:
- 34% fewer women now die from heart disease, saving 330 lives every day.
- More women are taking ownership of their health by developing healthy lifestyles:
- 37% are losing weight
- 43% are checking their cholesterol
- more than 50% exercise more
- 60% have improved their diets
- 33% have developed heart health plans with their doctor.
- Awareness is up. 23% more Americans now realize heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
- Awareness among minorities is up, doubling among Hispanic women and tripling among African American women.
- 15% have quit smoking, and high cholesterol has declined by 18%
- More communities have joined the fight. Registration in Go Red For Women is now more than 1.75 million. More than 25 million Red Dress Pins have been worn to support the cause. More than 185 cities host GRFW events and luncheons. And more than 2,000 landmarks light up in red on National Wear Red Day.
- Legislative efforts are making a difference. Women no longer pay higher premiums than men for health coverage. And 20 states have programs for low-income women to get screenings for heart disease and strokes through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WISEWOMAN.
- More gender-specific guidelines have been developed, because women’s symptoms and responses to medication differ from men’s.
- Gender-specific medical research is up. The FDA now requires clinical trial results be reported by gender.
- Gender-specific inequalities have been identified, ensuring women receive the same level of heart treatment as men
(details taken from www.goredforwomen.org, American Heart Association)