Health & Wellness

What Are You Wearing? On February 1st, Make It Red For Women's Heart Health

The American Heart Association wants you to Go Red for Women on February 1 to bring awareness to the risk of stroke and heart disease for women.

If you are a woman - or were birthed by one - you'll want to hear this:

Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women, responsible for more deaths than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Yet, too often, women miss the warning signs of heart attack, often because heart attack in women presents differently from men.

To call attention to this heath crisis, the American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month, and is encouraging everyone to Go Red for Women on February 1, National Wear Red Day. The Go Red for Women movement empowers women to stand up against their greatest health threat, heart disease, "which claims the lives of one in three women, a third of our mothers, sisters and friends," said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.

Many risk factors - such as age, race, gender, and genetics, can't be avoided. But that doesn't mean women - and men - are hopeless to fight heart disease. Keeping blood pressure in check, regular exercise, and a heart-healthy diet go a long way to helping anyone prevent heart attack and stroke. As part of Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association is encouraging women to make a Go Red Healthy Behavior Commitment to move more, eat smart and manage blood pressure.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, responsible for more deaths than all forms of cancer combined.

While you're helping yourself live a healthier life, you can support heart-health awareness and the good work of the American Heart Association by:

  • Wearing red on Friday, February 1 to put women's heart health front of mind.
  • Purchase the Red Dress pin at .
  • Make a donation to support the work of the American Heart Association at .
  • Join the social media conversation by using #WearRedAndGive on your social posts.

Go Red for Women is sponsored nationally by CVS Health which is offering no-cost heart-heatlh screenings every Thursday in February at their MinuteClinic retail medical clinic. And you can make a donation at the register of any CVS Pharmacy.

National sponsor Macy's is helping with the fund-raising effort by enabling shoppers to round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar, making it easy to donate to the American Heart Association. If you're looking for a more fashionable way to donate, 10% of the purchase price of Calvin Klein's limited edition red dress (retail price, $119) will benefit the Go Red for Women campaign.

You can get more information about these programs and other women's heart-health events at , and on Facebook , Twitter or by calling 1-888-MY-HEART (1- 888-694-3278).

Story image courtesy of the American Heart Association

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