Today Is National Wear Red Day And

National Women’s Healthy Heart Campaign Day


Why is this important? It’s important because, since 2002, the Red Dress has been the symbol for women and heart disease awareness.


Why is this important? It’s important because heart disease, not cancer, is the NUMBER ONE killer of American women.


The Red Dress was launched nationally at New York’s Fashion Week in February 2003. Every year since then the Red Dress has been on the runway in February. Each year Red Dresses are designed by top designers and modeled by famous women. For the first time this year, the dresses will be auctioned by


What are the risk factors for heart disease?

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Being physically inactive
  • Having a family history of early heart disease
  • Age (55 or older for women)


Lower YOUR risk!


Wear red today – a dress, a blouse, a pin, a scarf, a tie, socks, boots … you can probably come up with more.


Make it visible. Heart Disease is the number one killer of American women.


Mary Lou Bernardo, PhD, MSN


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