Are You Ready in Red? It's time for American Heart Month 2014!
February is American Heart Month and WomenHeart encourages all women to take charge of their heart health — today and every day! Here are some of the latest statistics* about women's heart disease:
• 42.9 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
• More than 2.6 million women have a history of heart attack.
• 33.2% of women do not engage in leisure-time physical activity.
• 60.2% of Caucasian women, 79.9% of African-American women, and 78.2% of Hispanic-American women are overweight or obese.
• Among Mexican-American women, 30.7% have cardiovascular disease.
• Among African-American women, 48.9% have cardiovascular disease.
* Source: Go A S, Mozaffarian, D, Roger, V L, Benjamin E J, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2013 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Circulation 2013
Special Heart Month Events:
The Heart of Style Tour: WomenHeart and Burlington are teaming up again to launch the Heart of Style Tour, a nationwide initiative to support women's heart health education and increase awareness of this chronic and life-threatening disease. The mobile event will travel to select Burlington locations throughout the country from February 1st through March 31st, 2014. Burlington customers can also support WomenHeart by making a donation of $1 or more at checkout, and Burlington will also donate $1 for every red dress sold, up to $25,000. Learn more about the Heart of Style Tour here.
Fresh Produce In-Store Event: Join WomenHeart and women's clothing retailer Fresh Produce for a special celebration of American Heart Month on February 7th at the Mall of Georgia. Renowned cardiologist Nanette Wenger, MD, will give a presentation about the risks for heart disease, early detection and prevention, and there will be an in-store fashion show featuring WomenHeart Champions to kick off Fresh Produce's new red clothing line! Click here for more information.
From the Heart promotion from Silpada Designs: Silpada Designs, an international direct-selling jewelry company, is supporting WomenHeart during Heart Awareness Month with From the Heart, a promotion featuring Silpada's January and July Birthstone Rings. For each ring sold between January 20th and February 28th, 2014,WomenHeart will receive a $5 donation. Learn more about the From the Heart promotion here — and click here to view and purchase your ring now!
National Wear Red Day: Friday, February 7th. Wherever you live, you can show your support for women with heart disease and your WomenHeart pride by wearing red. Let's Rock the Red!
State of Women's Heart Health Webinar: This special American Heart Month discussion, co-hosted by WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the American Heart Association, features the nation’s leading experts in cardiovascular care, including DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Gary Gibbons, MD, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Register here.
Donate today to support vital heart health education and support for women with heart disease! Your support of WomenHeart allows us to continue our mission of prevention, early detection, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment.
Check out the WomenHeart Online Toolkit for great printable brochures and fact sheets on women's heart disease, as well as links to videos that you can share online and even WomenHeart social media icons that you can use for your Facebook or Twitter profile picture during February to show your support for WomenHeart and women with heart disease!
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