Did you know that today is National Wear Red Day? That’s why I’m sporting my red apron all day long at thePlate Boutique. Well, technically this is the apron I wear everyday while working the store floor; however, it has particularly special meaning on this day.
If you aren’t familiar with National Wear Red Day, it is a day designed to bring awareness to heart disease; a disease that affects many men and women daily. The color is meant to signify confidence and power; two attitudes we are encouraged to embrace when fighting against the number one killer of women.
Wearing red allows us to bring awareness not only to the disease itself, but to the many ways in which we can change the statistic. Today, on the 12th anniversary of the campaign, I hope you’ll wear red with me for the following reasons:
Reason #1: To encourage people to check their risk factors. Its really easy to know what your risk factors are when it comes to heart disease. Thanks to the American Heart Association and great campaigns like Go Red for Women, its as simple as going online to discover where your heart disease prevention starting point is. To identify your risk factors, visit the the Go Red for Women website.
Reason #2: To encourage people to do their homework. When you wear red, don’t be surprised if you get a few questions related to heart disease and the importance of knowing more about it. Use this opportunity to encourage people to do their homework. Whether this means identifying risk factors or even learning some of the facts about heart disease, odds are good that they or someone they know will benefit from knowing more. Remember, positive change is hard to make happen when you don’t even know why you’re making the changes in the first place.
Reason #3: To encourage people to make one simple change. No matter someones individual risk, making simple changes to prevent heart disease and just live a little healthier each day can be beneficial for all. By wearing red, perhaps you’ll be able to inspire someone to make one small change today. Heart disease has many controllable risk factors, which means their are may different ways to reduce risk and improve quality of life. Whether its a dietary change or the decision to get active each day, what better time than now to get started.
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Reason #4: To encourage people to spread the word. Lastly, Wear Red Day is a great opportunity to encourage others to spread the word. Since the launch of the Wear Red Day campaign, lots of great things have been happening! For example,
- Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
- More than one-third of women have lost weight.
- More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
- 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
- More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
- One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
So put on your red and make a difference! It’s amazing what one small action can lead to.
Are you wearing red? We’d love to see you sporting this rockin’ color! Take a selfie and share it on our Facebook page today!