A common misconception about heart disease is that it predominantly affects only older men. But heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., claiming nearly 500,000 lives each year.
Because less than half of women know what is considered healthy levels of heart disease risk factors, and men were historically the subjects of heart disease research, the American Heart Association created Go Red for Women. With the mission of raising awareness of heart disease risk factors specific to women, the Go Red for Women initiative aims to enable women to take charge of their heart health.
The women of Battelle Healthcare Colloquium joined together on Feb. 3, 2017 to celebrate National Wear Red Day, Go Red for Women's designated day to raise awareness of heart disease risk factors specific to women. And while it's important to be aware of heart disease risk factors during American Heart Month, the Colloquium encourages women to keep the following tips in mind throughout the entire year.
- Keep (or start) moving
- Eat your way to a healthier heart
- Know your numbers
See photos from some of the Colloquium members who celebrated National Wear Red Day.