Go Red for Women 
Friday, 27 January 2006 

Too few people realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women, more than all forms of cancer and the next four leading causes of death combined. But the good news is that heart disease can be prevented. For that reason, Go Red For Women supported locally by Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is a spirited movement encouraging women to improve their heart health while taking action to fight women’s heart disease.


Go Red For Women debuted in February 2004 with a goal to raise awareness of the magnitude of heart disease - one in three adult women in the United States suffers from cardiovascular disease.  It’s time for women to take action - to love and protect their hearts while maintaining healthier lifestyles.  Go Red encourages women to not only join the movement but also take simple, everyday steps to protect their hearts.


Go Red For Women connects with women and shares the tools and information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones. Specifically, Go Red For Women urges women to love their hearts, perform the Love Your Heart gesture and Go Red in their own fashion.  


Y            Love Your Heart.  By loving your own heart, you can save it. When women learn to love their hearts, they can appreciate their health, their lives and their loved ones. If women make a promise to be heart-healthy, we can decrease the incidence of heart disease.


Y                  Love Your Heart Gesture.  The Love Your Heart Gesture is about taking a moment for yourself and your life each day.  It is an opportunity for women to connect with their hearts and realize the importance of taking care of them. Women can do this by simply placing their hands over their hearts, taking a deep breath and considering ways to love, honor and appreciate this vital organ everyday.


Y            Go Red in Your Own Fashion.  Going red in your own fashion is about finding your personal way to take part in the fight against heart disease in women.  Whether it’s visiting your health care provider, eating a healthier diet, increasing your exercise, purchasing products that support the cause, or wearing red on National Wear Red Day, you can take action to love your heart. 


Go Red For Women generates awareness for heart disease and helps women live heart healthy lifestyles.  It’s easier than ever for women to “go red” in their own fashion by participating in a variety of activities.    


Y                  National Wear Red Day.  National Wear Day is Friday, February 3, 2006.  Millions of Americans will be wearing red to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease.  Additionally, national and local monuments and buildings across the country will be illuminated in red.


Y                  Wear the Symbol.  The red dress is the national symbol for this movement.  The red dress pin is available free by visiting our Web site at www.goredforwomen.org or calling (888) MY-HEART.


The Go Red For Women movement is supported locally by Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.  Other organizations in the area that are joining the movement are Curves, Coastal Carolina Medical Center, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, TCL Nursing Students and Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.  For more information about Go Red For Women or how you can join the movement, please call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit GoRedForWomen.org.