To celebrate National Wear Red Day® on February 1, 2013, Go Red For Women has launched the America Goes Red Challenge! We’re challenging America to Go Red bigger than ever this year. Wear red, Go Red, or paint your community red, and then share your pictures with us here or on our Facebook page through February 28 to get involved. You can also start a National Wear Red Day® Fundraiser to show your support. When you Go Red, you help women just like you fight back against heart disease—the number one killer of women—through greater support, research and funding.
The American Heart Association (AHA) launched National Wear Red Day® in 2003 to bring attention to cardiovascular disease, which claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. In 2004, the AHA created Go Red for Women to educate women on heart disease, help women come together to show their support, and increase funding for heart disease research and treatments for those in need.
Since the first National Wear Red Day® 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, including:
- 21% fewer women dying from heart disease
- 23% more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat
- Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
- Legislation to help end gender disparities