On February 6, Bayhealth employees celebrated National Wear Red Day by showing off their red attire to support the fight against heart disease in women. As the number one killer of women and more deadly than all forms of cancer according to the American Heart Association, heart disease has gained national attention as women and men across the country work together to spread awareness and hope to end the deadly disease.
Locally, a City Goes Red campaign continues in Kent and Sussex County as a service initiative of Southern Delaware Circle of Red. Now in its third year, City Goes Red is an awareness campaign whose sole function is to create awareness of Women and Heart Disease. To date, 1.5 million women have joined the Go Red for Women Movement nationwide and 34% fewer women are dying of heart disease each year.
The organization’s message is to light up the southern Delaware towns with red lights, red dresses, proclamations and anything else that creates awareness and an opportunity to educate women on heart disease. Delaware cities including Dover, Milford, Smyrna, Harrington, Seaford, Lewes and Georgetown have been active members supporting then cause.
According to the American Heart Association, more women than men have died each year from heart disease since 1984 and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease yet only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined but is often undiagnosed although an estimated 43,000,000 women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
Officials at Bayhealth state that Go Red For Women is about much more than wearing red on National Wear Red Day. It is about making a change. Women across the country are asked to help share “What it means to GO RED” by sharing the acronym with family, friends and neighbors:
Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.
Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.