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Do You Have Your Red On?

As we noted yesterday, February marks American Heart Month. And today is the day to wear red — and heighten the focus on heart disease risks among women.

Indeed, for a well-run workplace wellness program — where helping employees manage risks of heart disease and related chronic illness can be a key component — National Wear Red Day becomes a strong engagement opportunity.

Here are some examples from around the country:

Time: “Women (and men) across America will be color-coordinating today for National Wear Red Day 2018, which aims to dispel myths surrounding heart diseases.”

“National Wear Red Day is intended to help raise awareness of heart disease, in particular among women. Heart disease is often generally associated with men, but cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women.”

On CBS News, an important segment emphasized the heart disease risks women face

Time also provides five heart disease facts from the American Heart Association:

  • Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is the No. 1 killer for American women.
  • Fewer than half of American women know what a healthy blood pressure or cholesterol level is.
  • Your BMI (Body Mass Index) isn’t just helpful when it comes to diets or losing weight – it’s also linked to your risk of heart disease.
  • It’s a myth that strokes, which affect the arteries linked to the brain, only happen to older people. Strokes can happen even in infants.
  • Women are also more likely to suffer from a stroke, contrary to popular myths.

Finally, Go Red for Women offers this video: