FAIRBURY – Jefferson Community Health Center staff members wore red on Friday, Feb. 6, in support of Go Red for Women.
In 2004, the American Heart Association created Go Red for Women to educate women on heart disease, help women come together to show their support, and increase funding for heart disease research and treatments for those in need.
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.
National Wear Red Day, Feb. 6, 2015, marks the 12-year anniversary of the event for the American Heart Association.
Since the first National Wear Red Day® in 2003, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, according to the American Heart Association. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes:
- Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
- More than one-third has lost weight.
- More than 50% have increased their exercise.
- 6 out of 10 have changed their diets.
- More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
- One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
- Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
- Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.