National Wear Red Day is Feb. 7, 2014: How can you get involved?

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 7, 2014 

"Heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. It's more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. And it’s not just 'an old man’s disease.'" So explains the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women, designed entirely to fight the disease.

To that end, it launched National Wear Red Day -- always the first Friday of February -- to raise awareness and draw attention to heart disease and its remedies. "We encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives," the organization said on its website. This year's day is on Feb. 7.

While heart disease still kills 1,100 women a day, according to the AHA, "tremendous strides" have been made since National Wear Red Day's start in 2013, including at least one headline-grabbing statistic: 34 percent fewer women die from heart disease.

Want to get involved? Go to Go Red for Women's website, where you can donate as well as access their list of resources and more information about the #GoRedChallenge.

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