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
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.
A couple enjoys exercising together.
- Post your photos and celebration stories on The Heart Truth’s Facebook page
- Participate in The Heart Truth’s Twitter chat at https://twitter.com/The-
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 www.hearttruth.gov. 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
- 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
- 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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