“Speak up by Wearing Red”
Friday, February 5, 2010, is National
Wear Red Day® - a day when Americans nationwide will take women’s health
to heart by wearing red to show their support for women’s heart disease
The Red Dress® was created and introduced by The Heart Truth™ as the
national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002. The Heart
Truth™ is a campaign of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. In
2000, they learned from a survey that only 34% of women were aware that
heart disease is the #1 killer of women. They joined forces with the
American Heart Association to get the message out.
Over the past 5 years the campaign has been educating women about the
risks of heart disease and how to recognize their warning signs.
What are those RISK Factors?
Nine out of 10 heart disease patients have at
least one risk factor
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Overweight or Obesity
- Poor diet
- Physical Inactivity
- Alcohol use
Heart Attack Warning Signs
- Chest – Pain, pressure, fullness or
- Head – lightheadedness
- Arms, Back, Jaw, Neck, Between Shoulders
– Pain, discomfort, numbness
- Skin – cold sweat
- Lungs – Shortness of breath, trouble
- Stomach – Upset Stomach, urge to throw
- Other signs - In addition, some women
may feel very tired for days or weeks before an attack. They may
also have heartburn, a cough or heart flutters
- When in doubt – Check It Out!!
The percent of awareness of heart disease is now
up to 57%. The Heart Truth™ campaign is focusing on how women can
take action to reduce their risks. This year the American Heart
Association is offering “GO RED BETTER U” – a FREE 12 week online
nutrition and fitness program that can “makeover” your heart.
Here are the key steps to a Heart Healthy Lifestyle –
- Be Physically Active
- Follow a Healthy Eating Plan
- If you smoke –work hard to quit
How do I know what to do?
Check out these great websites for a wealth of
information and tips
National GO RED for Women’s Day
The first National GO RED day was
sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the
National Institute of Health, and the Office of Women’s Health in 2002.
Check out these websites for information on how to prevent heart disease
"®National Wear Red
Day is a registered trademark of HHS and AHA."
Palm Beach County:
Florenzia Davis, PhD,MS,RD,LD/N
Senior Public Health Nutritionist
(561) 671-4000 x 4048