This Friday (February 1, 2013) the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will kickoff American Heart Month 2013 with National Wear Red Day 2013! This year's day of awareness is very special as we will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Go Red for Women movement.
In 2003, nearly 500,000 women were dying of heart disease each year, yet very few women believed they were at risk. At that time, heart disease was believed to be a "man's disease." In 10 years we have made great progress. Today, 21 percent fewer women are dying from heart disease each year and 23 percent more women correctly identify heart disease as the number 1 threat to their health.
Despite all this progress, we still have more work to do. Heart disease is still the number 1 disease killer of women in New Jersey and across the country. We urge all women and men to wear red on Friday, February 1, 2013 to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women and encourage those we love to educate themselves about the risk factors and the steps they can take to preserve their health.
Please join the American Heart Association in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Go Red for Women movement by participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday. Together, we can help the women we love to live longer, healthier lives!