I don’t wear red – I don’t think it is a good color for me.  Never have.  I do; however, own a pair of stylish red glasses, eight red purses, and my rolling business/laptop case is red.  I know; I am weird.  I am going to wear red today though.  Because today is “National Wear Red Day”

Now, I am not going to wear red because today is a special “wear red” day.  I am going to wear read because my mom suffered a heart attack more than ten years ago.  To say that my siblings and I were surprised by her heart attack would be an understatement.  At the time, my mom weighed a healthy weight and she was extremely active.  Fortunately, the health care professionals at Duke University’s Hospital took care of her, and my mom is still around coming up with new and exciting ways to drive her children absolutely crazy!

So, I intend to wear red today and I encourage you to do the same.  By wearing red and making a donation, you’ll help the American Heart Association support its ongoing research and education about women and heart disease.

If you are wondering why you should wear red, read this fact about heart disease – Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of American women, claiming the lives of nearly 400,000 American women each year. And yet many women do not even realize they are at risk – nor do their physicians.  I don’t know about you, but that fact blows me away every time.

Too few people realize that heart disease is the #1 killer of women (and men), so spreading the Go Red For Women message “Love Your Heart” raises awareness of heart disease and empowers women to reduce their risk.

If you are like me and you don’t wear red, you may be wondering what to wear.  Well, National Wear Red Day has a dress code (thank goodness!). Wear your favorite red clothes or accessory – a red blouse, a red dress pin, a fabulous red handbag – put on red lipstick, or sport a red tie and red socks. Heck, add a little red to your wedding to show your support for women and the fight against heart disease.

And while you are at it, take the Heart CheckUp. You’ll learn about your own heart health risks AND help the American Heart Association reach its goal of 1,000,000 Heart CheckUps!  One more thing:  Tell your friends, sisters, aunts, and moms about the Heart CheckUp.  Knowledge is power.

Take care of yourself.

Love & Soul Always, Kay