The Nation Goes Red in February
National Wear Red Day® – Friday, February 7, 2020
On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. From landmarks to news anchors and neighborhoods to online communities; this annual groundswell unites millions of people for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke.
American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.-The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963.
-The Congress, by joint resolution on that date, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.
-While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders.
Go Red for Women®
Go Red for Women® is the American Heart Association's global initiative to end heart disease and stroke in women. Launched in 2004 to close the gap in awareness, Go Red quickly expanded into a worldwide movement dedicated to removing the barriers women face to achieving good health and wellbeing.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. Learn what it means to Go Red For Women to help women like you fight back:
G: GET YOUR NUMBERS
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE
Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.
It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
R: REALIZE YOUR RISK
We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY
Make healthy food choices for you and your family.
Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
D: DON’T BE SILENT
Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
Have you heard of Research Goes Red?
The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® and Verily’s Project Baseline are collaborating to empower more women to participate in scientific research. By creating Research Goes Red, the American Heart Association and Verily are united to inspire women to combat their #1 killer: cardiovascular disease. The vision for Research Goes Red is to create the world’s most engaged and largest women’s health registry and platform for research. Research Goes Red aims to raise awareness about women’s overall health and well-being and inspire women to contribute to research to further scientific understanding. Both healthy women and those with an episodic or chronic health condition are encouraged to participate in research. The more we know about women and their overall health and well-being, the better we can treat, beat and prevent cardiovascular disease.
Making an impact - 16 years of Go Red
25K + women registered for the newly launched Research Goes Red initiative in less than six months.
$600 million raised to support research, education, advocacy, prevention and awareness programs.
19 million women who interact with Go Red through digital platforms annually.
Important Dates in February
2/1-2/29 American Heart Month
2/1-2/29 Black History Month
2/4 World Cancer Day
2/7-2/14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
2/18-2/21 International Stroke Conference 2020
2/14 National Donor Day
2/14 Valentine’s Day
2/19 President’s Day
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