National Wear Red Day History
National Wear Red Day is a holiday dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease. Heart disease is currently the number one killer of women in America, claiming the lives of approximately 500,000 American women annually.
National Wear Red Day was established by the American Heart Association and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in 2003. The day is celebrated annually by wearing red color to represent the fight against heart disease and stroke in an effort to generate awareness and initiate change. By the 13th anniversary of the National Wear Red Day, the campaign had achieved many positive goals including these statistics: more than 33% of women in America have lost weight and more than 50% of American women are more physically active. National Wear Red Day is celebrated on the first Friday of February annually.
National Wear Red Day Facts & Quotes
- Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet 80% of cardiovascular events are preventable.
- 1 in 4 deaths in America are related to heart disease.
- Since the initiation of National Wear Red Day campaign in 2003 and increased focus on heart disease in women, death in women has decreased more than 30% over the past 10 years.
- Factors that increase the risk of heart disease include:
- Physical inactivity
- Increased cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
I saw many people who had advanced heart disease and I was so frustrated because I knew if they just knew how to do the right thing, simple lifestyle and diet steps, that the entire trajectory of their life and health would have been different. - Mehmet Oz - Dr. Oz Show Host and Cardiothoracic Surgeon
National Wear Red Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Raise awareness for heart disease research. Volunteer with the local heart disease fundraising organization in your area.
- Wear red on National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women.
- Visit your family health physician and get a blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol tests in order to further discuss your exposure to heart disease and take preventative measures.
- To prevent heart disease, get at least 30 minutes of daily exercise. Opt to head out for a brisk walk, a light run, swimming or biking.
- Purchase one of many watches or download aps that monitor your daily steps, heart rate and food consumption. Garmin and Apple both sell watches while aps such as My Fitness Pal and Runkeeper monitor steps and food consumption.