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Vol. LXVII, No. 2
January 16, 2015

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Celebrate National Wear Red Day, Feb. 6

Join the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in celebrating National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 6.

To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease and to provide tools to help them take action against heart disease risk factors, NHLBI has for 12 years sponsored a national program called The Heart Truth, in partnership with many national and community organizations. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Use The Heart Truth’s online National Wear Red Day Toolkit to help raise awareness about heart disease and its risk factors by planning a celebration at work. Host a “brown bag” or “red bag” lunch at your workplace, using The Heart Truth speaker’s kit and community video featuring real women affected by heart disease.

  • A couple enjoys exercising together.

    A couple enjoys exercising together.

    Wear red on Feb. 6 to show support for the women in your life by calling attention to the importance of taking care of your heart health.

  • Post your photos and celebration stories on The Heart Truth’s Facebook page at

  • Participate in The Heart Truth’s Twitter chat at HeartTruth on Feb. 6.

    It’s not too late to make it part of your new year’s resolution. Take action to protect your heart in 2015 by lowering your risk factors for heart disease. Risk factors include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight and obesity, smoking, lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, stress, age, gender and family history. Learn more about how to lower your risk of heart disease on The Heart Truth’s web site at See your health care provider for a thorough check up to find out your personal risk for heart disease. Ask questions about your risk such as:

  • What is my risk for heart disease?

  • What is my blood pressure? What does it mean? And what do I need to do about it?

  • What are my cholesterol numbers? What do they mean for me? And what do I need to do about it?

  • How much physical activity do I need to help protect my heart?

  • What’s a heart healthy eating plan for me?

  • How can I tell if I may be having a heart attack? If I think I’m having one, what should I do?

  • What can you do to help me quit smoking or limit my exposure to secondhand smoke?

  • What is my BMI (body mass index)? Do I need to lose weight for my health?

Set realistic, specific goals for a heart healthy lifestyle and act on your goals. In most cases, that means following a heart healthy eating plan, getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking.

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