February is Heart Month, created through a partnership with heart healthy organizations to raise awareness on Heart Disease, the number one cause of death for women. In 2004, the association faced a challenge when 500,000 women died every year from heart disease, which up until then was thought of as an “older man’s disease.” This month is used as a time to educate Americans on how to lead heart healthy lives and ways to battle cardiovascular disease.
The National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI) partners with the American Heart Association and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to create programs that help fund research and develop programming to support heart health for women. All programs are aimed at helping the cause and all take place during the month of February. Last Friday, February 3rd was National Wear Red Day and tonight is the exciting 10th Anniversary of the Women Wear Red Dress event in New York City. The Red Dress event showcases designers who dress women in a gorgeous and unique red dress of their design and send them down the runway. No models, but heart healthy women in all shapes and sizes. Past participations include: Hilary Duff, Katie Couric, Patti LaBelle, Ann Curry and Laila Ali wearing designers such as Pea in the Pod, Alberta Ferreti and Naeem Kahn. This year, Debbie Phelps, our mom, is walking in the event. More fun photos and video coming soon!
Presenting sponsor Diet Coke will celebrate its fifth year sponsoring the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will return for its seventh year.
Ways to reduce your risk of heart disease include: watch your weight, eat healthy, participate in cardiovascular exercise several times a week, quit smoking and watch your alcohol consumption. Small changes over time create big results. Want to know more? Check out www.goredforwomen.org . Pass it along and start TODAY on making February and 2012 a healthy year for all, beginning with you!