(Utica, NY – Jan. 31, 2013) Hundreds of local businesses, community groups, hospitals, towns and schools will be wearing red on Feb. 1 to help raise awareness and funds to fight – the number one killer of women – cardiovascular disease. The campaign is part of the American Heart Association’s 10th Annual National Wear Red Day in which participants wear red, donate $5.00 to join the Go Red For Women movement and receive a red dress pin, all to help raise awareness of heart disease.
Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red has become linked with the ability all women have, to choose heart health and live longer, stronger lives. For 10 years, Go Red For Women has been educating and connecting hundreds of thousands of women with knowledge and tools to help women make lifesaving choices. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved and 330 fewer women are dying per day. But the fight is far from over.
Now is the time to act. Heart disease is still the number one killer of women, and ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented, and even ended.
In recognition of the 10th National Wear Red Day on Feb. 1, Go Red For Women asks that Women Go Red, across the country in new and bold ways. In the past, we have proudly worn red. But this February, let’s do more than that. Let’s make sure that every landmark, every Main Street, every organization and home in America goes red. Let’s turn America RED to shine a spotlight on heart disease in women.
On Friday, Feb. 1 represent women everywhere by wearing red on National Wear Red Day. Join thousands of other mothers, sisters and friends, as well as television personalities and news anchors by taking action in the fight against heart disease. Women can “Go Red” by wearing a red dress, red t-shirt, or even red shoes to help us fight this No. 1 killer. Men can “Go Red” by wearing a red tie or red shirt.
Visit GoRedForWomen.org or visit us on Facebook to learn more. Together, we can end heart disease. Women Go Red.