Friday, February 1, 2008, is National Wear Red Day—a day when Americans nationwide will take women’s health to heart by wearing red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness.  The Heart Truth is:  “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear—It’s the #1 Killer of Women.”  The statistics are alarming:

  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
  • One in 4 women dies of heart disease; 1 in 30 dies of breast cancer.

The good news is that both men and women can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82 percent by leading a healthy lifestyle.  Join the national awareness movement by wearing red on February 1, and encourage your family, friends, and coworkers to do the same.  Anyone can participate by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, or Red Dress Pin.

The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other partner organizations.   The campaign launched the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.

For tools and materials to help you learn about heart health and National Wear Red Day, visit www.hearttruth.gov.  We’d also like for you to visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth/press/nhlbi_04_campaign.pdf to learn more about The Heart Truth Campaign.

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Wear red on Friday, February 1, 2008 to help celebrate this important day!  Ruth and I will be helping our female staff celebrate this day by having heart healthy snacks and treats available for you in the media center.  We will also be putting some little treats and goodies in your mailboxes the week of January 28, 2008—February 1, 2008.

Let’s get heart healthy@ The Unquiet Library!