Red is my favorite color, so I’m thrilled at any chance to wear it. Especially this Friday, February 1 – National Wear Red Day, created by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It’s a day to call attention to the #1 killer of women: heart disease. A cause dear to my heart because it took my mother’s life. And a few months ago, I found out I had high cholesterol because of my genes.

So on Friday, I will wear red:

  • in honor of my mom’s memory
  • to alert women about their risk of heart disease
  • to remind women to eat healthier and be more physically active
  • to commit to fighting this deadly disease

And don’t go thinking that the simple act of wearing red won’t make a difference. Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, we’ve seen huge changes, including:

  • 21% fewer women dying from heart disease
  • 23% more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat

Not bad, right? So get to it everyone! Go through your closet and pick something red to wear Friday – a dress, shirt, or tie… anything really. Let’s all come together to fight heart disease in women.

Will you join me?