SRHN February Health Observance - National Wear Red Day

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Categories:
Friday, February 1 is National Wear Red Day: The color red is a symbol of strong emotion, love, boldness and passion. Every year, on the first Friday in February, individuals everywhere are called upon to channel these emotions, don their red clothing and shoes and call attention to heart disease as the number 1 killer of women in America. February 1st is a day dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and celebrating women everywhere who are taking action to protect their hearts. To raise awareness about the danger of heart disease, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and partner organizations are sponsoring a national campaign called The Heart Truth®. The campaign's goal is to give women a personal and urgent wakeup call about their risk of developing heart disease. The Heart Truth® campaign challenges women everywhere to reduce their risk factors for developing heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, physical inactivity, and being overweight. The national symbol 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. National Wear Red Day reminds women and those who love them to take action against heart disease by making lifestyle modifications such as eating healthier, becoming more physically active and talking to their health care providers about their personal risk for heart disease. On February 1, join The Heart Truth® and wear red and spread the word in your community about the importance of preventing heart disease. Celebrate the accomplishments of those fighting against this disease and inspire others to do the same. It is never too early or too late to take steps to prevent heart disease. By joining together and supporting one another, we can all be our happiest, healthiest selves. For more information visit, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/.
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