Friday, February 5th we celebrate national Go Red for Women day. I love this day. It is really great to go from one event to another and see everyone sporting their red.
I am looking forward to educating the people who I encounter about the risks of cardiovascular disease to the women they love.
I plan to start the day by providing my yoga class with some red dress pins. Then it is off to Portland for a press conference with the new mayor. My husband’s cousin, a Maine College of Art student, will be volunteering as Ticker at the event, so I will be sure to post pictures.
The legislature is not in session on Friday, but after the press conference, I will be headed to a meeting with a Senator and some American Heart Association volunteers to discuss ways to ensure Maine accepts the federal funds available to provide Maine women (and men) with access to affordable health care.
We will be discussing the bad news, that heart disease is the number one killer of women—killing more women that all forms of cancer combined—approximately one woman every minute. However, we will also be celebrating that over the past decade, cardiovascular disease in women has decrease by more than 30% with 285 fewer women dying per day. Better access to health care will drop those numbers even further.
I hope you enjoy Go Red for Women day too. I also hope you post pictures of yourself looking fabulous in red. Remember to use the hashtag: #MaineGoesRed on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.