STATE — Friday, Feb. 4, marks the eighth annual National Wear Red Day for Women, a public awareness day urging women (and men), businesses, towns, schools, buildings and landmarks to make it their mission to beat heart disease and stroke in women by “going red” or “glowing red.”
National Wear Red Day for Women recognizes the estimated 13,000 New Jersey women and nearly 433,000 women across the country who die each year from cardiovascular diseases.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women and more women die from heart disease than the next four causes of death combined. Cardiovascular disease, although largely preventable, claims the life of one in three women each year.
Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease but eighty percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented if they make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.
Nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck, the Go Red For Women movement is a national initiative which focuses on supporting research, increasing awareness, providing resources and empowering change to beat heart disease and stroke.
On Friday, February 4th, join thousands of New Jersey schools, community groups, women’s organizations, sororities, senior centers, and businesses by participating in National Wear Red Day. Whether it’s in the form hosting a lunch n’ learn at the office, having a heart-healthy dinner with friends or a dress down day at work, you can easily support the lifesaving mission of the Go Red For Women movement. Call the American Heart Association at 1-609-208-0020 to register your company or team for National Wear Red Day or visit www.GoRedForWomen.org to take advantage of free tools, tips and resources on heart health.
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