ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — The American Heart Association is uniting with companies, community organizations, families and friends to “Go Red” and “Glow Red” on Friday, February 5th to spread the message that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year—more than all cancers combined.  It’s time to put our hearts into it and Go Red For Women.

Thousands of New Jerseyans will participate in National Wear Red Day by donating $5 to the Go Red For Women campaign. In turn, they will receive a red dress pin or wristband, and lifesaving heart health education. Some organizations will offer heart healthy lunch and learn programs, organize healthy walks, or offer healthier foods in vending machines or cafeterias.  Additionally, landmarks and buildings around the state will illuminate in red to help raise awareness to women’s heart health the evening of National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 5th.

“This is such an easy way to come together to raise awareness and celebrate heart health.  By Going Red and Glowing Red, we remind women, and all of us, how important our hearts are.  February is the perfect time to learn more about your heart health and make a change to prevent heart disease and stroke,” states Dr. Carol Gill, President of the American Heart Association Northern New Jersey board of directors and a physician at the VA New Jersey Health Care System in East Orange, NJ.

Our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk.  In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke, and these diseases kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  According to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, a woman’s heart attack may have different underlying causes, symptoms and outcomes compared to men, and differences in risk factors and outcomes are further pronounced in black and Hispanic women.  

Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.  In honor of National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association encourages everyone to schedule a Well-Woman Visit today.  Get informed about the risks of heart disease and stroke.  Know the red flags.  Learn your heart health story.  Schedule a Well-Woman visit today and invest one hour in your life to save the rest.

Go Red For Women, nationally sponsored by Macy’s, inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives.  When you get involved in supporting Go Red For Women by advocating, fundraising and sharing your story, more lives are saved.  According to the American Heart Association, in the U.S. about 285 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day and cardiovascular disease death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.  United, we are working to improve the health of all women.

For more information on National Wear Red Day or to register your company or organization to participate, call the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association New Jersey office at 609.208.0020 or visit www.GoRedForWomen.org/WearRedDay.