Sunday, February 17, 2008

Go RED!

February 1st was actually wear Red day in honor of Go Red for Women. However, the entire month of February is dedicated to education women about the dangers of heart disease in women. Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women??

The American Heart Association and Campbell's Soup have teamed up to provide this awareness.

You can go to http://www.goredwithcampbells.com and find out more about the campaign and even take a heart healty check up online. You can also take the check up on the American Heart Association website. My favorite soaps dedicated several episodes to "Go Red" in their effort to increase awareness.

What is the heart truth??

Accordng to the National Heart Lung Association, "Every woman needs to know about heart disease.

The Heart Truth is that heart disease is the #1 killer of American women. In fact, one in four women dies of heart disease. But heart disease can also lead to disability and a significantly decreased quality of life.

Unfortunately, most women don't know The Heart Truth. Although significant progress has been made increasing awareness among women—from 34 percent in 2000 to 57 percent in 2006—most women fail to make the connection between risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease.

The Heart Truth is that women don't take their risk of heart disease seriously—or personally. Women often fail to make the connection between risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and their own chance of developing heart disease.

The centerpiece of The Heart Truth is the Red Dress, which was introduced as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 by NHLBI. The Red Dress reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action. Macy's is a national sponsor of GoRed so I went online shopping and if I had this figure, I would surely make this MY RED DRESS!

First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush has been the ambassador for The Heart Truth campaign since Valentine's Day 2003. Since then, as part of her Women's Health and Wellness Initiative, Mrs. Bush has been leading the Federal government's effort to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk of heart disease.

Check out The Heart Truth for more information on Mrs. Bush's involvement as well as scientific information and photos from fashion week and the Go Red fashion show's as well as the collection of First Ladies red dresses.

Remember dear lady friends, keep you heart healthy and happy and if at all possible, make a donation to the American Heart Association in honor or memory of someone special in your life.







3 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

Way to get the word out!

justabeachkat said...

This is a worthy cause. Thanks for spreading the word.

Hugs!
Kat

joan said...

Thanks Jennifer! My Mom died of heart disease so I am so aware of it's dangers and I have changed my diet and habits since then. Thanks for sharing this.