National Wear Red Day
National Wear Red Day:
To celebrate the prevention and awareness of heart diseases, especially among women, the first Friday of February is considered to be the National Wear Red Day. This day focuses on bringing greater attention to the deadly cause of cardiovascular diseases and deaths.
Why National Wear Red Day?
The day falls on the first Friday of February, and the month considered the national heart month in all of the USA. Since the beginning of time, women have been the spines of the nation, carrying it forward with everything they have, be it in homes, in the office, in workplaces, or schools and universities. Today, they carry the magnified burden of responsibilities of the home and the rest of the nation tirelessly. While this means good for the rest of us, this increases the chances of heart diseases among the very people nurturing the society.
Why did the day come about? President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February the month of the heart in the year 1964, nine years after his heart attack. In the year 2002, National Wear Red Day was introduced, becoming a national symbol for awareness of cardiovascular diseases among women. Following this, the Go Red campaign was launched, with the mission to eradicate cardiovascular diseases among women. It was in 2006 that the first Go Red for Women international license was issued.
655,000 Americans die annually from heart diseases. The National Wear Red Day was specifically introduced to help us gain focus on the impending risk of heart diseases and strokes among women. About 1 in 3 deaths among women each year are due to cardiovascular diseases. But do not let that scare you- about 87% of all cardiovascular diseases are preventable, which makes awareness, education, and research imperative to the cause supported by the holiday. Your best friends for prevention are better lifestyles, diets, and exercises.
How Can We Observe National Wear Red Day:
- Host a bake sale fundraiser or an awareness campaign: Bake red sugar cookies, red velvet cake, strawberry muffins- everything you can, join forces and host a bake sale, and donate the funds achieved. If that is too much work, simply gather your neighborhood and hold a little talk, making them aware of the risks of heart diseases.
- Shop and dress: shop red items or make bold dressing choices- from lipstick to boots, go red all the way!
- Share pictures of yourself celebrating on social media. Also, share important facts about the day and the risks of heart diseases among women. Use hashtags #WearRedDay #NationalWearRedDay.
Interesting Facts about National Wear Red Day:
Here are some facts about heart diseases and women that you absolutely must not leave this day without.
- In the USA, heart disease is the topmost killer of women, killing one in three women. That’s almost a woman a minute.
- More women die of heart diseases than men.
- Heart diseases don’t necessarily have symptoms. 64% of women who died of heart disease never had any previous symptoms. Women are more prone to them than men.
- Women on birth control pills and cigarettes have higher chances of heart disease.
- Hispanic women are more prone to heart diseases than White women.
- Looking physically fit does not completely eradicate the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association suggests all women get their cholesterol checked periodically right from their twenties.
- Let’s end on a positive note. Just because there is a history of heart disease in your family does not mean you are doomed, yes, the risk is higher than the average woman, but these risks are manageable.
- Due to better lifestyle choices and technology, 600,000 women have been saved, and 330 fewer women are dying of heart disease every day.
- Sex balances estrogen and testosterone levels, and counts are exercise, which appeals to the healthy heart in the long term.
History of National Wear Red Day:
The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign for women about heart diseases. It was designed to warn women against heart diseases and founded and introduced National Wear Red Day as a symbol for women and cardiovascular disease awareness in 2002 to deliver the message of growing risks urgently. It is celebrated in February, which was presidentially Decreed to be the National Heart Health Month.