To show support for women’s heart disease, the American Heart Association and the US Department of Health and Human Services have sponsored today’s National Wear Red Day. The national movement helps send the message "Heart disease doesn't care what you wear—it's the number one killer of women." You can see how our staff members at the HealthEd have joined the movement and worn red today.
As we wear red and show our support for women's heart disease awareness, I remember the many women—and men—with heart disease who have shared their stories with HealthEd to help us develop our patient education programs. In particular, I remember a special group of women who were heart attack survivors. Despite the emotions stirred up by their memories of the event, the women courageously came together to share their insights and wisdom. They wanted to help HealthEd develop educational programs that would be personally relevant, actionable, and easy to understand. To help promote heart health and wellness, the women spoke about helping other women to:
- Shift their beliefs from "This is my fate and destiny" to "I have the power to take control of my heart health"
- Listen to their bodies and recognize symptoms they should report to a doctor
- Strengthen their communication skills with healthcare providers and advocate for high-quality healthcare
- Know the numbers that matter for their hearts: blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, blood sugar (if they are at risk for diabetes), and weight
- Believe the small steps they take to stay healthy can make a big difference in their lives
HealthEd thanks these women and the many others who have helped influence what we do and what we believe in. And we are proud to be part of National Wear Red Day.
There are many Web resources where you can learn more about National Wear Red Day.
SVP, Health Education Research and Development