Wear Red and Give On February 2nd, National Wear Red Day
Join the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® Movement to Take Action Against Heart Disease
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Cedar Rapids, January 26, 2018 – National Wear Red Day is just around the corner on Friday, February 2nd, a day individuals, workplaces and organizations spread awareness of heart disease by wearing red. Help to spread awareness of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement by wearing red and posting photos to social media using #WearRedandGive and #CRGoRed.
Create a FUNraising page and collect online donations for Go Red For Women at www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday. Free flyers, posters and other resources are also available.
Thanks to these local businesses and organizations which have already committed to participating in National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month efforts: Westdale Mall, LA Trends/Luxe Salon, Emil’s Hideaway, Iowa Realty, Coldwell Banker Hedges, TrueNorth, Hiawatha Bank and Trust, Roasters Coffee House, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, UnityPoint Hospital, City of Cedar Rapids, Popoli, BankIowa, Ramsey’s in Marion, Whole Health by Heather, Witt’s End in Marion, Mr. Beans in Marion, Aurora Coffee in Marion, Kepros PT and Performance, Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, Rinderknecht and Associates, Hills Bank, Collins Community Credit Union, Dela Viti, Ryan Co., Rockwell Collins, University of Iowa Health Care
Mercy Hospital Iowa City, hibu, University of Iowa, College Community Schools, ITC Midwest
US Bank, Burst Cycle, North Dodge Athletic Club, ACT, Transamerica, Great Western Bank, Orangetheory Fitness, HyVee, Quaker, Oaknoll Retirement Residence and Capri College.
Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds. But about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented.
As the No. 1 killer of women -- claiming the lives of one in three women – cardiovascular diseases force us to consider that a woman we know and love may be affected at any age. In fact, today heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
There is good news: heart disease and stroke may be prevented by understanding your family health history, knowing your numbers and making simple lifestyle changes.
Learn Your Family History.
You can control some risk factors such as blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and lack of regular physical activity. You can’t control factors such as age, gender and family history.
Know Your Numbers and Act.
The five critical health numbers all women should know are:
1. Total cholesterol
2. HDL cholesterol
3. Blood pressure
4. Blood sugar
5. Body mass index (BMI)
Visit GoRedForWomen.org for more information on preventing heart disease in women.
About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The Midwest Affiliate serves an 11-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. To learn more or to get involved, call (319) 536-3900 or visit www.heart.org/EasternIowa. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For Media Inquiries: Lauren Livingston, Communications Director