I’m guessing many of you know the symbolic meaning of a pink ribbon. But how about a red dress? That’s right, it’s the symbol of women and heart disease.
Exactly 10 years ago, the American Heart Association and the NHLBI (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute) created National Wear Red Day, the first Friday in February each year. This year, February 1st marks the 10th anniversary of this campaign to raise awareness about women and heart disease.
Great strides have been made in the fight against heart disease over the last decade, but there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. Many still do not realize that heart disease still remains the No. 1 cause of death in women. Symptoms of heart disease are also often more atypical than in men. And many women still think of heart disease as a male problem.
It’s never to early to be aware. It’s never too early to start getting healthy. And it’s never too early to help raise awareness about this important issue.
So do your very simple part and wear red February 1st to let others know you know we still have work to do. Let’s make red as well-known a symbol as the pink ribbon. So pull out your red dress, red tie, or red shoes.
I’ll be wearing red. Won’t you join me?
For more information resources about women (or anyone for that matter…) and heart disease: