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Wear Red Today For A Good Cause!

February 6th Is National Wear Red Day

Today (February 6) marks National Wear Red Day. No, it is not just a chance to wear a color that looks flattering on virtually everyone. National Wear Red Day is intended to raise awareness that heart disease and strokes account for one in three deaths among women each year.

The good news is that both heart disease and strokes are 80 percent preventable, so today marks a great chance to bring awareness to protecting women’s health. By wearing red, we can let women know that lifestyle changes, such as eating a more healthy diet or even just walking for thirty minutes a day, helps to make a difference.

Ask any stylist, job coach or dating expert and they’ll tell you that red stands out. Eyes are immediately drawn to it. Some even say that the color red is a confidence booster and makes us feel more powerful. Maybe that’s why they chose the color red to signify our fight against the No. 1 killer in women. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that it’s also the color of our hearts.

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. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 6, 2015, marks the 12-year anniversary. And looking back on all that’s been accomplished, they’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.

But despite our progress, women are still dying. They’re still unaware of their risks and the facts. And now’s not the time for complacency. It’s time to stand stronger, speak louder and join us in the fight this National Wear Red Day.

Wearing the color red today shows that you are committed to saving lives. Let’s be as bright as we can to bring extra attention to this important cause today! After today ends, we should continue to spread awareness throughout the year- we could save a life.

Happy National Wear Red Day! I hope to see you in red today! To catch up on the latest from The Maria Sanchez Show, download the latest podcast today.

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