Go ahead, get out your favorite red outfit. If you're a guy, wear a red tie. Friday, February 3rd is "National Wear Red Day." Everyone is encouraged to wear something red to remind women to live heart-healthy lives. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. The Go Red campaign provides information on how to live stronger, longer lives and develop healthy habits. It started as a grassroots awareness campaign, and has grown into a movement involving millions of ordinary women and men, celebrities and health care professionals. And–it's taking off in a big way in Reno.
Cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of more than half a million women annually; about one per minute, according to the American Heart Association. Reno Mayor Bob Cashell reminded everyone that there's no such thing as a little heart attack. Experts also urge women to have their blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked and to take action to safeguard their health.
Here in Northern Nevada, businesses are encouraging everyone to wear red on Friday. Peg's Glorified Ham and Eggs will be turning their pancakes red. The Grand Sierra Resort will be turning its building red for the Month of February, which is National Heart Month. CommRow will hold a raffle for two concert tickets and climbing passes. All proceeds will go back to the American Heart Association. Many other businesses are participating.
Next month, the annual "Go Red for Women" luncheon in Reno will be held on Friday, March 2nd at the Atlantis Casino Resort. For more information on Women's Heart Health, go to the American Heart Association website.
And don't forget to wear red!