"Wear Red for Women" is about saving lives
Currently, on average heart disease kills 1 in 3 women
More women die of heart disease each year than all cancers combined
Oklahoma has the 2nd highest rate of heart disease related deaths among women in the nation
Wear Red for Women is a cause that promotes awareness, prevention and treatment of heart disease among women. Due to the levels in which heart disease impacts women not only nationally, but also locally in the state of Oklahoma, the importance of this cause to Oklahoman’s cannot be overstated. To promote this cause locally, the Oklahoma Heart Hospital created the "Wear Red for Women" event that has run during the month of February every year.
National Wear Red Day – Feb 7th
February 7th is known as “National Wear Red Day”. Everyone, everywhere is asked to wear red on this day to show awareness of the dangers of heart disease among women. This small gesture can have a huge impact, especially when multiplied by each participant. Wearing red in masse on this day helps to begin the conversation of: “Is my heart healthy?” One goal of the wear red for women program is to get women to ask this question.
The red dress has become a symbol of awareness of women’s heart disease much as the pink ribbon is known as the symbol for women’s breast cancer.
The Paseo Event – Feb 7th
Oklahoma Heart Hospital has taken the lead in promoting this cause with our local Wear Red for Women event, held annually in the Oklahoma City area, with the ultimate goal of helping to educate Oklahoma women about their risk for developing heart disease and what actions to take to improve their heart health.
Aligning programs that work to educate women about heart disease
The Heart Truth
Originating with the National Institute of Health’s The Heart Truth® — a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease. The Heart Truth campaign created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002. The purpose of this cause was to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.
Read more about their program here: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth
Go Red for Women
Seeing the importance of this issue The American Heart Association accepted the challenge to bring awareness to women’s heart disease and proceeded to create a program that aligned with the NIH’s The Heart Truth. Calling their program “Go Red for Women” the AHA proceeded to spread the word about women and heart disease.
Read more about their program here: www.goredforwomen.org/