February 3, 2020 – Do you own a red scarf, shirt or tie? Or maybe
you have a jaunty red hat or a pretty red pin? If so, this Friday, February
7, is the perfect day to wear your favorite red accessory or apparel to
show your support of heart health awareness for women.
National Wear Red Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in February.
The goal for the day is to make more people aware of the risk that heart
disease poses to women. Traditionally, heart disease has been seen as
a disease of older men. But, in fact, it’s the number one killer
in the U.S. of women and men alike.
When you wear red this February to show your support for women’s
heart health, remember these four tips for keeping your own heart in great shape:
- If you smoke, try hard to quit. Smoking hurts your heart, as well as your lungs.
- Choose heart-healthy foods most often. Focus on eating plenty of fruits
and vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish without skin, and low-fat
or fat-free dairy products.
- Move more. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week.
- Know your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol
and blood sugar levels. If they’re not within a healthy range, work
with your doctor to control them.
Join Southeast Georgia Health System in the fight against heart disease
and spread awareness by wearing red on National Wear Red Day — Friday,
Feb. 7. Then share your photos on social media using the hashtag #SGHSGoesRed20.
Be sure to like the Health System’s
Facebook page for more Wear Red Day photos!