Friday Five – National Wear Red Day
To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association (@American_Heart) created Go Red For Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. This week’s Friday Five highlights the initiative, explains why it’s important, and offers ways for readers to participate and Go Red for Women.
- G: GET YOUR NUMBERS
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
- O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE
Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.
It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
- R: REALIZE YOUR RISK
We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
- E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY
Make healthy food choices for you and your family.
Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
- D: DON’T BE SILENT
Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
Heart to Heart: Drs. Nanette Wenger and Puja Mehta Discuss Women’s Heart Health
Nanette Wenger, MD, was one of the first women to graduate from Harvard Medical School. That was almost 70 years ago when experts believed heart disease was virtually a non-issue for women. How times have changed. Today, we know that heart disease affects almost half of women in the U.S. and is responsible for about one in every five female deaths. Wenger and colleague Puja Mehta, MD, sit down to discuss.
❤️In recognition of #WearRedDay, we also invite you to listen to a conversation between two Emory cardiologists who have a long tradition of caring for women with cardiovascular disease, Drs. Puja Mehta and Nanette Wenger. 🔊https://t.co/WTrrYj9zu7
— Emory Department of Medicine (@EmoryDeptofMed) February 1, 2024
The 2023 Class of Real Women
The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Real Women are national volunteers selected to represent a diverse sisterhood of survivors, who actively, urgently and passionately champion the Go Red for Women movement. Often the surprising faces of cardiovascular disease, the Real Women share their powerful survivor stories to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women and inspire others to take charge of their own health and mental well-being.
On Thursday, we welcome our newest class of survivors. But first, we have to thank the ’23 class: Ann Ramirez, Brittany Williams, Ceirra Zeager, Dawn Turnage, Dina Pinelli, Jia Wu, Leslie Jordan, Margarita Pineiro, Naomi James, Sharell Weeams, Shemellar Davis and Yael Shvetz. pic.twitter.com/JtgVz4PDl9
— GoRedforWomen (@GoRedForWomen) January 30, 2024
Healthy for Good
Visit the Go Red for Women website and sign up to be a part of the Healthy for Good™ movement. If you sign up with your email you get a free 10 Under 10: Easy Winter Meals (and More!) digital recipe booklet while supplies last! I signed up and can’t wait to make some of the easy, healthy meals in the booklet.
3 ways to drive awareness of women’s greatest health threat for American Heart Month
From news desks to iconic buildings, scores of people and landmarks across the U.S. will once again “go red” on National Wear Red Day, Feb. 2, to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women and support the nearly 45% of women over the age of 20 living with some form or heart disease or stroke. Through its Go Red for Women® movement, nationally sponsored by CVS Health, the American Heart Association, which is devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, urges everyone to take action throughout American Heart Month in February to champion better health and well-being for all women in three ways.
2024 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics
More than half of people in the U.S. (51%) do not know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the country, according to a recent Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of the American Heart Association in November 2023. Yet, heart disease has now been the #1 killer for more than a century, according to the 2024 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: A Report of U.S. and Global Data From the American Heart Association.
More than half of U.S. adults don’t know heart disease is leading cause of death, despite 100-year reignhttps://t.co/UpCqVK3z3B
— American Heart News (@HeartNews) January 24, 2024