National Wear Red Day
The first Friday in February is the day we all get to wear something red to work. What? Is our work attire now being dictated to us? Are we still in America? Why red? "It's just not my color!" you say. Well, yes, we are still in America and no, wearing red on that day isn't mandatory. It is however a great way for us to show support for the women in our lives by reminding them to get heart healthy.
Typically women tend to be all about the heart; we get involved in matters of the heart very easily, want to know where someone's heart is on an issue, we give our hearts away...and on and on. But do we know the heart truth? That heart disease is the number one killer of women. It's true, check it out at the hearttruth website. So why red? Red symbolizes many things - danger, heat, power, love, etc. - it indicates courage and is often used to incite people to make quick decisions (think "buy it now" button). Women tend to be the caregivers and nurturers, often putting their own needs behind all the other responsibilities they have. Here's a chance for us to honor the women in our lives whose hearts have touched ours and encourage them to get heart healthy - quit smoking, start a fitness routine, eat a healthy diet, get screened, etc.
The National Wear Red Day is an awareness campaign to inform women about heart disease; the word is getting out but for the most part women still need to wake up to the reality of the risk they are at, it's not just a man's disease anymore. Help spread the word, sound your own "red alert" and wear something red on February 2nd 2007, and tell a woman whose heart you care about that you did and why.
Photos Courtesy of Darwin Bell and Peter Kaminski's photos