On February 7, I’m going red – and I hope you’ll join me.
I am proud to serve on the Executive Leadership Team for Garden State Go Red for Women, an extraordinary movement in New Jersey that extends to every corner of the country. Our goal is to tell women something that I didn’t know before I joined the movement: that heart disease is the number one killer of women – more than all forms of cancer combined. And to teach women what they can do to maintain heart health. That’s the Go Red mission:
Get your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
Own your lifestyle. Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise and eat healthy.
Realize your risk. Heart disease kills one in three women.
Educate yourself and your family. Serve healthy meals; teach your kids to stay active.
Don’t be silent. Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
Tomorrow, Vitiello Communications Group will participate in National Wear Red Day. We are asking VTLO team members, and readers of our blog and e-newsletter Dialog, to post a “selfie” wearing red to our Facebook page. Along with your photo, please share who you are going red for.
2014 marks a milestone as we celebrate 10 years of the Go Red for Women movement and the positive impact it’s had on women’s health. In just 10 years, this movement has helped save more than 627,000 women from cardiovascular disease, which translates into nearly 330 fewer women dying per day.
But the fight is far from over. An estimated 43 million women in the United States are affected by the disease. We are still losing the women we love to this largely preventable disease. In fact, research suggests that nearly 80 percent of cardiovascular disease may be preventable if women take charge of their heart health today and lower risk factors including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and physical inactivity.
Who am I going red for? Visit the VTLO Facebook page tomorrow, February 7 to find out.