Today is National “Wear Red” Day. On the first Friday of every February, people around the US are prompted to break out every piece of red clothing they have tucked away in the closet, from the most vibrant shades to the lightest pinks. Why do they do this? I’ll give you a hint…it’s not just because they love looking like sun-ripened tomatoes. In 2003, the American Heart Association teamed up with the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute to raise awareness and fight heart disease, the #1 killer of women. As part of their campaign against such a prevalent disease, National Wear Red Day was created. Now in it’s 12th official year, National Wear Red Day is a day for everyone out there, male or female, to show support and spread awareness about the fight against heart disease.
Since the campaign began, thousands of women have made positive steps in their personal lives towards combating heart disease, including basic things like making behavioral changes, making dieting changes, monitoring their cholesterol, exercising more often, keeping their weight under control, etc.
We’ve come a long way over the years, but why stop now? So get out there, be bold, spread awareness, and wear red!