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Go red for womens heart disease and stroke awareness
red heart day

About this article

This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of M: North Atlanta magazine, a publication of the Forsyth County News. To read the entire magazine, click here.

February is for love and all things red.

The American Heart Association loves the color red, proving it by holding a massive national public awareness day on Friday, Feb. 5 to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke.

The 13th Annual National Wear Red Day urges all women, from businesses, schools, the media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” and show commitment to reducing risk, improving health and saving women’s lives.

One in three women dies of heart disease and stroke every year. Yet it’s 80 percent preventable, according to the American Heart Association.
Why red? Easy.

Ask a stylist, job coach or dating expert. Red stands out. Eyes draw to it. Not to mention it’s the color of our hearts and the symbol for love.

You don’t just have to wear red. Paint something in your community red. Share pictures of your red day and use the hashtag #GoRedSelfie through Feb. 28.

Who wouldn’t love to see a dog dressed in red?

You can also start your own National Wear Red Day Fundraiser to show your support for friends, family and women in your community.

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