One Day a Year, What You Wear is a Matter of Life and Death

Twelfth Annual National Wear Red Day is February 6, 2015

“How do you go red?” asks the American Heart Association. On Friday, February 6, 2015, people from across Long Island, as well as corporations, businesses, hospitals, towns, schools, local and state legislators, members of the media, teachers, and people from all walks of life will be wearing red to focus attention on – and raise funds to fight cardiovascular disease that causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.

On February 6th, the American Heart Association’s 12th Annual National Wear Red Day asks women to show their support for the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red. It’s an easy, powerful way to speak up and show support for Go Red For Women®, the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. The Go Red For Women movement, sponsored nationally by Macys urges women to take charge of their cardiovascular health, make it a top priority and live a stronger, longer life. The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is the Cities Go Red Sponsor for the movement.

Every minute in the United States, someone’s wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or other form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 25 and older and stroke is the No. 4 killer of women, as women account for 61 percent of all stroke deaths annually. The American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement is about turning around these statistics. It’s also about resources, information and hope.

Donations to Go Red For Women help support our efforts to educate women and to fund breakthrough research by the American Heart Association that helps ensure women are represented in clinical studies.

For more than 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement. More than 650,000 women’s lives have been saved, but the fight is far from over.

On February 6, or on a different day if you wish, you and your colleagues are encouraged to wear red (and dress down if your company allows) and each donate $5 or more. As a thank you for their support, each participant will receive a Go Red For Women® red dress pin, wristband or sticker to wear, along with information about how to make healthy choices every day. As a Wear Red Day Coordinator, you’ll receive a Coordinator’s Tool Kit with all the materials needed to conduct a successful Wear Red Day event – including a Coordinator’s Guide, educational materials, posters, and ideas to make your event successful and fun.

For more information about National Wear Red Day and to sign up your company or organization, contact Jessica DiMeo at Jessica.DiMeo@heart.org or 516-450-9111.

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