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February 1, 2012 at 6:44 PMComments: 2 Faves: 0

National Wear Red Day

By Jessica Corwin MPH RDN More Blogs by This Author

Have you already noticed the pink, purple, and red hearts decorating stores and schools? Well, not only is this a time to celebrate our symbolic heart for love and adoration of others for Valentine’s Day, but it is also a time to celebrate our physical heart.

On Friday, February 3 an American tribute will be made to recognize the disheartening fact that heart disease continues to cause disastrous effects in the female population. This tribute is being made in the name of the National Wear Red Day - the slogan of this national celebration - “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear – It’s the #1 killer of women”.

But of course, heart disease is not only impacting women.

Did you know that heart disease has been the #1 killer for both sexes in the United States for several years?

Sadly, every 25 seconds, someone in the US suffers a heart attack. With statistics like this, I imagine that everyone reading this blog knows someone who has experienced a heart attack or stroke, or who is at risk for one due to high blood pressure or cholesterol levels.

Personally, I know several.

To recognize this movement, please wear red on February 3 and encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to join you. This movement will help to draw attention to heart disease among women as this is a disease that remains largely ignored in the female population, often being dismissed as a man’s disease… Perhaps next year, in addition to wearing red, you could help initiate a fundraiser to raise money for the effort, perhaps through a heart-healthy bake sale.  Other fundraising efforts through the “Go Red for Women” campaign have already raised over $44 million since 2004, directing funds towards research, education, and health tools.

What will you do this Friday? Will you be wearing red in honor of someone in your life?

To learn more about National Wear Red Day, visit

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  • I think heart disease should be getting more attention than it does. To be frank, I'm sick of everything being pink for breast cancer.

  • I'm awfully sorry you feel that way, Lydia. Though it would seem that heart disease is in need of greater attention as it is the #1 killer of women. Perhaps breast cancer acquires more funds as it is still in need of a cure. We have the power to largely prevent heart disease through healthy lifestyle choices. What do you think?

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