AKRON, OHIO - The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women supporters, along with the campaign’s national founding sponsor, Macy’s, encourage the community to celebrate National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3, 2017 during American Heart Month.

Why Go Red? Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 1 in 3 women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

The American Heart Association wants to help everyone live longer, healthier lives so they can enjoy all of life’s precious moments. And we know that starts with taking care of your health. American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is a great way to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved. Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke. Share healthy eating tips with your friends. Commit to being trained in CPR. The time is now. The color is red.

That’s why we ask that you to wear red on National Wear Red Day® and encourage women to make the time to “Know Your Numbers”, which include: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI).  It’s knowledge that could save their life.

Also, on National Wear Red Day® the American Heart Association has set a goal to raise $800,000 to support essential educational programs and critical research that can save more lives. Here’s how to help:

1) Wear something RED
2) Go to Heart.org/GoRedAndGive and give to the American Heart Association on Feb. 3
3) Encourage your friends and family to do the same