What is National Wear Red Day?
Since 2002, people across the United States come together and dress in red on the first Friday of February (American Heart Month) to address a critical health issue: heart disease in women. The aim of the day and American Heart Month is to make people aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. – claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women – but also that it’s a preventable disease. This year’s National Wear Red Day will be observed on February 7.
How to get involved in National Wear Red Day
The more people wearing red, the stronger the message will be. Try to convince people in your community – work, school, neighborhood, sports team – to get involved on February 7. Getting support from your employer, school administrators and community leaders will add a more official and organized feel to the day. This will also likely increase participation. There are a number of resources available from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, including posters, stickers and media packs. These can help you spread the word and keep your community informed.
Many health organizations, hospitals, and clinics will host events. Use the hashtag #GoRedForWomen and #OurHearts to search social media for health fairs on women’s heart health.
Get the facts on heart health & spread the word
National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month draw our attention to the wider problem of heart disease. But, it’s important to also know your own risk and focus on your own heart health. Asking your doctor to check your cholesterol and blood pressure is a good place to start, especially if you have a history of heart disease in your family.
Practice healthy habits:
- Eat healthy
- Stop smoking
- Exercise more
Now, spread the word. Remind people that heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death in the United States, and responsible for the deaths of 1 in 3 women. Use the day and month to talk with loved ones who may be neglecting their heart health. Model healthy behaviors and urge those close to you to do the same.
Focus on the positives of heart health
One of the main objectives of National Wear Red Day is to remind people that heart disease is preventable. There are many lifestyle changes you can make to improve heart health and your quality of life in general.
Use the momentum of the day and the sense of community to make connections, form groups and maintain a focus on heart health. Seek out like-minded people and friends dressed in red to mark the 7th of February, and beyond, with one of the following events:
- Heart-healthy potluck
- Park or neighborhood walk
- Group exercise classes – Yoga, Zumba, Pilates
- Adventure club – try something new once a month, like rock climbing, kayaking or hiking
Be ambitious: Stick with your healthy habits! By next year you’ll be marking National Wear Red Day with an even more happy and healthy heart.