Go Red February 7!

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 6th February 2014

Go Red for Women Friday, February 7. 

To raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health, the American Heart Association created this social initiative in 2004.  The founders chose the very vibrant and attention-getting red as the representative color of power, energy and passion—characteristics needed for those involved in supporting this worthy cause.

Cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and strokes claim the lives of more than a half a million women each year.  Unfortunately, only 55% of women realize the danger and less than 50% know their risk factors and how they can reduce their risk.

For example, one of the best ways to fight heart disease is exercise.  Other than quitting smoking, exercise is the best way to control your heart health and the time investment can be as little as 150 minutes a week.  That can easily be accomplished with a couple of cardio dance classes and a walk with your best friend. 

So join the movement and help spread the word tomorrow by wearing your most vibrant red piece of clothing—you never know—you just might inspire someone to improve her health.