Friday is National Wear Red Day

Miller's Assisted Living 2014 National Wear Red Day
By: 
Jennifer Brittin
Staff Writer

People across the Hoosier State will be showing their support for the fight against heart disease in women on "National Wear Red Day" this Friday, February 6.
Wear Red Day kicks off American Heart Month which takes place annually in February. The tradition began in 1963 in an effort to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease by raising awareness.

Go Red for Women is one of the many efforts of the American Heart Association to help save the lives of women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. One out of three women die from heart disease and stroke. That's about one woman every minute! A staggering statistic when heart disease is largely preventable.

Women have the power to reduce their risk by making simple lifestyle changes. Diet, level of physical activity, weight and exposure to cigarette smoke all affect cholesterol levels and the risk for heart disease.
These factors can be controlled by eating a healthy diet and knowing good fats from the bad ones, by taking part in moderate intensity exercise at least a couple of times a week and by avoiding cigarette smoke.

Women need to be proactive concerning their health. Talking with a doctor and understanding their options for medication when a healthy lifestyle isn't enough to change certain health problems is extremely important.

Support the fight and help educate others about heart disease and it's prevention. The American Heart Association encourages everyone to visit the website GoRedForWomen.org. It is a source for information and education and also helps connect women of all ages to needed resources to help them make choices and changes in their lives.

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