On Friday, February 4th women and men across the country will join the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement and wear red to raise awareness for a women’s greatest health threat, cardiovascular disease. From landmarks to news anchors and neighborhoods to online communities; this annual groundswell unites millions of people for a common goal.
For the third consecutive year the iconic One World Trade Center will join the celebration. At dusk, the spire on top of the 104-story skyscraper in Lower Manhattan will start to shine red. At the same time, the LED lighting system on the lower body of the building’s podium base will also illuminate red. The lighting will last until 2 a.m.
Joining One World Trade Center will be One Five One and One Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan; Sven LIC in Long Island City, Queens; and the Tappan Zee Bridge spanning across the Hudson River.
This American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day are critically important because over the past year, many people have adopted unhealthy behaviors like skipping exercise, eating unhealthy foods, drinking more alcohol and using tobacco, which can all increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. Additionally, people who had mild cases of COVID-19 may have changes to their heart and brain health due to their run-in with the virus.
The American Heart Association is urging everyone in New York City to create habits that work best for their life, because losing even one mom, brother, friend, or neighbor to heart disease is one too many.