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Lady in red: The story of the ‘National Wear Red Day’

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Breast cancer takes the lives of girlfriends, wives, and mothers as well as aunts and grandmothers every year. Far too many women are affected by this disease.

However, there is a disease far more deadly for women than cancer. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.

Heart disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women yearly. Far too long women have felt that heart disease was mostly a man’s disease. Not so.

While women have become more and more aware of early detection in breast cancer, much fewer women give thought to what is going on in their heart.

In 2003, a new awareness campaign by the American Heart Association put the spotlight on women and their hearts. It was dubbed “National Wear Red Day!” The color was chosen because red is the color of a woman’s heart and because what lady does not look lovely in red?

Red lingerie is a popular gift from men to women on Valentine’s Day. Red is deemed to be a sexy color. Who can forget when Rhett Butler forced Miss Scarlet to wear her red dress to the birthday party given by Melanie Wilkes for her husband, Ashley Wilkes, after he and Miss Scarlet had become the gossip item of the day?

Who can ever forget the beautiful sensual song sung by Christ de Burgh (and Eric Clapton), “The Lady in Red!” Personally, it gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.

Listen to it using this link and let your mind wander to a time when you were so in love – it might be now – and challenge yourself to be “Heart Smart,” for the one you love and the one who loves you.

For a man to sing that song to a woman would surely melt her heart on the spot.

This Friday, February 7, 2014 will be the eleventh year where women are asked to wear red on a Friday.

If a man truly wants to win the heart of the woman he loves, he should also encourage her to be heart healthy so that they can spend many more years together.

You can read more about this event and all the many aspects of the day at “Behind National Wear Red Day!”

But much more important than how you look on the outside, is how your heart is working on the inside.

Read all you can, eat a diet that is heart healthy, and get the right kind of exercise and keep that beautiful red heart free from tobacco, drugs and other harmful agents.

The National Wear Read organization says:

“This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 7, 2014, marks our 11-year anniversary. And looking back on all we’ve accomplished, we’ve really made tremendous strides. They include:

Twenty-one percent fewer women dying from heart disease

Twenty-three percent more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat

Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications, and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment

Legislation to help end gender disparities”

But despite their progress, women are still dying. They’re still unaware of their risks and the facts. And now is not the time for complacency. It’s time to stand stronger, speak louder and join us in the fight this "National Wear Red Day."

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Men and women all across the nation turned themselves purple on Facebook for cancer awareness this week. And it helped Chevrolet to donate one million dollars to the American Cancer Society. Won’t you post the photo with this article on your Facebook page as an encouragement to women everywhere to take better care of their hearts before they turn purple for real during a heart attack?

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