Women are strong. Women are smart. Women solve problems. Women can do anything men can do. And, there are some things we’re even better at – dying of heart disease and stroke. Like breaking barriers? Go Red! And help break the one against heart disease.
It’s not just a man’s disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. But we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
When it comes to beating heart disease and stroke, change can be the cure. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women. And the red dress has become the iconic symbol of our battle against heart disease and stroke in women.
National Wear Red Day® — the first Friday each February — is our special day to bring attention to this staggering fact. We encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.
Ask yourself three key questions:
- What do you do that brings you JOY every day that is just for you? It doesn’t count if it is related to taking care of your kids, family or career. Make a list called: “What makes me happy?” and start doing those things, small and large that are just for you.
- Who is on your team for FUN, SUPPORT and LAUGHTER? Research clearly show that having community, connection and emotional nourishment with friends is essential to long term health and well being.
- What do you do to clear frustrations, disappointments and grief? We all are human and experience loss and emotional curve balls in life. When we don’t unload our mind and heart of these impacts, our body tells the story in health challenges. Trauma specialists and health professionals agree that unresolved emotions of the past become the health breakdowns of our future. Be proactive for yourself and for those you love. Learn simple tools such as TRE, EFT and self-empathy mapping – all of these can be done in a matter of minutes to unload stress and overwhelm that are part and parcel to everyday life.