About American Heart Month (Women's Heart Month and Wear Red Day)
American Heart Month is a month long celebration in the United States that happens every February. The "holiday" was established to urge Americans to recognize the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases and to support programs that solve the problem.
Risk factors that lead to heart disease:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
- Tobacco use
- Family history
Good health habits to help prevent heart disease:
- Daily excercise
- Eating a balanced diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Limiting sodium
- Avoiding tobacco
- Moderating alcohol consumption
To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) sponsor a national campaign called The Heart Truth®. The campaign's goal is to give women the important message about their risk of heart disease. Since 2002, the "Red Dress®" is a symbol to remind women to take action to protect their heart.
National Wear Red Day is part of the promotion to make the "Red Dress®" a national symbol. Every year, on the first Friday in February, men and women across the country wear red (dress, shirt, tie) or wear the Red Dress pin to promote awareness for heart education.
American Heart Month Activities