National Wear Red Day: Why do we wear red?


Wear Red Day is part of the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign, which advocates for heart-healthy lifestyle choices and heart health awareness.

That's more than all cancers combined.

Friday morning Mayor Bob Scott kicked off the event reading the Sioux City Wear Red Day Proclamation at Mercy Medical Center.

80 percent of cardiac and stroke events, however, may be prevented with education and action.

Tara Robinson Tara Robinson 44 of Fort Worth Texas
Tara Robinson Tara Robinson 44 of Fort Worth Texas

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.

The non-profit organization is not only asking men and women to wear red, but they're also reminding people to know the signs of a heart attack. More than 800,000 people in the USA die from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases each year.

Preventing heart disease starts with knowing your numbers: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI). You can purchase Red Dress pins for $3 each, and 100% of the proceeds benefit Go Red for Women. "It's only fitting that our faculty and staff should lead by example, in this case by supporting the American Heart Association's invaluable efforts to tackle a major health concern among women".

Macy's is also celebrating Wear Red Day and is offering sales in-store and online through February 5.

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