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WEAR RED DAY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2018 -- Don’t pack away that holiday red just yet. Wear Red Day is right around the corner!

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Always the first Friday in February, Wear Red Day is the American Heart Association’s day designated to raise awareness about heart disease in women. It’s a fun day – across the nation, everyone wears red and donates $5 to the American Heart Association. Businesses engage their staff in fun ways on Wear Red Day; television anchors all wear red; and buildings across the nation “glow red.” In the Capital Region in 2017, 35 buildings were illuminated red beginning on Wear Red Day Eve. We’re hoping to surpass that this year! All of this is to fight the No. 1 killer of women, cardiovascular diseases.

Are you surprised to learn that cardiovascular diseases – including stroke – claim the life of a woman every 80 seconds? The good news is that 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle change.

Start by learning your family history. There’s a lot you can change, but you can’t change genetics.

Then, know your numbers! Specifically, your total cholesterol, your HDL cholesterol, your blood pressure, your blood sugar and your body mass index (BMI). Schedule a doctor’s visit and find out what your numbers are. Visit heart.org to learn what your numbers should be.

You can find out how many risk factors you have by taking the American Heart Association’s online quiz. Best of all, you can follow Life's Simple Seven to make the changes you need to make.

So, save your favorite red sweater, dress, tie or scarf and wear it with pride on Feb. 2. Share your red on social media – grab a photo of yourself and post it on your social media page with the hashtag #WearRedAndGive.

Be sure to check out the AHA's Go Red For Women® "Real Women Empowered" video by clicking here.

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And follow the local Heart Association’s Facebook and Instagram accounts at AHANewYork, and Twitter at @CRNYHeart to join in the fun!

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