February Highlight: National Wear Red Day

Every year at Brandywine Living, we celebrate National Wear Red Day.

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National Wear Red Day is held on the first Friday in February.  This year on February 3, 2017, it marks 14 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women and to raise awareness of women’s heart health.

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.  Since then the movement can take credit for the following:

  • 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
  • Six out of ten 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

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.

Read More:  10 Myths About Cardiovascular Disease

Credit – Go Red For Women & American Heart Association