Fort Wayne, Ind (WANE) – The American Heart Association (AHA) wants women to know that heart disease and strokes are not just challenges to the health of men. According to AHA, “more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.” National Wear Red Day on the first Friday in February is an annual reminder to women to care for their hearts.
It’s about wearing red and more. Here are a few ways the American Heart Association suggests that you can make a change:
- Go to GoRedForWomen.org to learn what you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Encourage your family and friends to take small steps toward healthy lifestyle choices to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke, too.
- Explain “What it means to Go Red” by sharing the following acronym:
Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.
Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
Donate your time in your community: Show your support.
Men and women are welcome to take part in a new Go Red event in Fort Wayne this year. It’s called the Red Dress Dash. To participate, just put on your best red outfit and come to Headwaters Park West on Saturday, February 6. It’s just a short dash (one half mile) to help bring more attention to heart disease. Registration will begin at 1:30p.m. WANE-TV/ NewsChannel 15 Investigative Reporter Alyssa Ivanson will emcee a brief introduction. Following the dash, hot chocolate will be served at the finish line (Cass Street) until approximately 3:30p.m.