Contributed by: UCSOP Fellows
“Go Red for Women”: Heart Disease Prevention and Awareness
Red is a color often used to show confidence and power. It draws attention. It is also a color that, in the medical field, signifies blood and the heart. In February, when we mention the color red, many people automatically think of roses, chocolates, and hearts. However, we want to get women thinking about more than just the hearts on a Valentine’s Day card – we want them to focus on their own heart health!
Heart disease is often thought to be a disease that affects primarily men – but this misconception is putting our women at risk. Nearly 500,000 women across the United States die every year from these preventable and treatable conditions, and heart disease is the number one health threat to women today. In 2003, The American Heart Association decided to take action to change this. February is National Go Red for Women month, where we place a special emphasis on heart health for women. National Wear Red Day is celebrated every first Friday in February, where women and men across the United States wear red to bring awareness to this important, life-saving issue.
The UCSOP has participated in many Wear Red days over the years as a strong supporter of heart health for women, in addition to many other successful events. On National Wear Red day in 2014, a free heart-health screening event was held in our Patient Care Clinic, in order to raise awareness and provide education in our local community. On Wear Red day in 2016, our local chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association held another health fair to raise awareness in the local community. And, in February of 2016, UCSOP students organized the Run for Women’s Health 5k, which raised proceeds to be donated to a local women’s shelter.
This year, we will celebrate Go Red for Women the entire month of February. Raising awareness of the risk of heart disease among women is the first step to changing and saving the lives of women at risk. By educating the public, we hope to prevent heart disease and encourage women to remain healthy and active. Please join the UCSOP community on National Wear Red Day this year, on February 2nd, 2018. Share your pictures with #GoRedWearRed, and feel free to tag us at @UCSOP. Let’s work together to raise awareness, save lives, and Go Red!
For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org