Here’s What’s Happened Since National Wear Red Day Began 15 Years Ago

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women. Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

Friday, February 3, 2017, will mark 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health. And looking back on all we’ve accomplished, we’ve really made tremendous strides.

They include:

  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One-third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

But despite our progress, more work is crucial. One in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. But what’s more powerful? Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends making a change.

Despite our progress, more work is critical. One in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year.

More than ever, your financial contributions help save women’s lives. Funds raised by Go Red support educational programs to increase women’s awareness about their risk for heart disease and stroke as well as critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health. It’s easy to get your National Wear Red Day® celebration or fundraising campaign started. Free, downloadable materials listed below will help you build awareness on the big day. Learn more here.

Thank you for your support of our lifesaving mission!

allyson-franceAllyson France is the Executive Director of the Toledo Division of the American Heart Association.

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