KC celebrated the American Heart Association (AHA)’s 15th annual “National Wear Red Day” on February 1st, supporting the fight against cardiovascular disease in women as part of a nationwide effort known as Go Red for Women®.
Heart disease claims the lives of more than 400,000 women each year and is the number one leading cause of death for women – that’s about the same as the next three most common causes of death combined. Luckily, about 80% of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented.
“Eat a heart-healthy diet, be physically active on a regular basis, don’t smoke, and stay at a healthy weight,” says Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a senior faculty member of cardiology at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. AHA recommends a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains; at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and/or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity; and plenty of sleep and stress relief.
In the spirit of health and wellness, employees at the Circleville, Poughkeepsie, and New York City offices enjoyed a healthy breakfast spread while adorned in various shades of red.
For our English friends across the pond, February 1st was also Wear Red Day, however their event aided the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at the General Infirmary through The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. Regardless of where you are in the world, if you missed Wear Red Day this year, be sure to join us next time. Together we can raise awareness and help make healthier hearts everywhere!