Wear Red this Friday to Raise Awareness of Heart Disease
Ada, MN — As part of Heart Health Month, this coming Friday, February 5th is National Wear Red Day where people are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about heart disease. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death amongst all Americans killing approximately 655,000 each year. Some of the risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, family history, and age. Tracy Johnson of Norman-Mahnomen Public Health says many of those risk factors can be eliminated by simply eating healthier.
Johnson does note that we don’t have to give up all those delicious foods that we enjoy that may not be the healthiest. The key though, she says, is moderation, not deprivation.
Adding at least 30 minutes of physical activity for 5 days a week can also greatly reduce your risk for heart disease. Historically women are most impacted by heart disease. According to the CDC, 1 in every 5 female deaths are as a result of heart disease.