Are you wearing red today? Time to look for your favorite red outfit... wear your best shade of red... and join the movement to spread a heart-healthy message throughout San Antonio. The American Heart Association kicks off its "Go Red For Women" campaign today, better known as National Wear Red Day.
The American Heart Association encourages everyone, especially women to wear red, save lives and get involved. It's all to raise awareness about heart disease among women.Statistics show that heart disease is the number one killer for women. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. It's reported that 48 women die each hour from cardiovascular disease and stroke in the United States. Heart Disease is often misunderstood. Many women relate heart disease to men and rarely consider it to be a woman's health concern. The American Heart Association reports that "80 percent of all cardiac events in women are preventable." It means regulating our diet, maintaining physical fitness and just be aware of our overall health. Recognizing heart disease isn't just observed on one day. Since February is American Heart month, there are a number of events lined up around town that we can all get involved in.
Thursday, February 9, 5:30 - 7:30pm - Westin La Cantera's monthly "Margarita's and Manis." Strawberry margaritas and heart healthy appetizers. $20 event fee benefits the American Heart Association.
Friday, February 10, 7pm - Diva Night at Fleet Feet Sports on New Braunfels Street. 12-week online health program featuring fitness and nutrition tips. FREE event and open to the public.
Saturday, February 25, 8am - 1pm - "Vestido Rojo" at the San Antonio Event Center. Free women's health conference aimed to educate Hispanic women in particular about heart health. Register before February 21. Call (210) 617-2617.
Through Wednesday, February 29 - Donations collected through SAKS 5th Avenue and Ross stores. At SAKS, 5 percent of all sales from customers using their SAKS 5th Avenue credit card, will go to American Heart Association. Ross stores are collecting donations from customers in hopes to raise a nationwide goal of $3.5million.
The great news is... money raised through these events and activities will stay locally. Funds will benefit research and educational outreach right here in San Antonio. For more information on the American Heart Association call (210) 617-2600, or www.heart.org.