National Wear Red Day is Friday so show your support

Heart disease and stroke are no longer problems just for men. Each year, one in three women die of these same causes.

National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 6, and serves to remind everyone that women are not immune to cardiac events and that 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, the movement has made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, the movement's backers are proud that:

  • Nearly 90 percent of women made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third have lost weight.
  • More than 50 percent have increased their exercise.
  • Six out of 10 have changed their diets.
  • More than 40 percent have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart-health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent during the past 10 years.

Employees throughout ITD are encouraged to show support for the effort by wearing red this Friday. A photograph of Headquarters' participants will be taken at 9 a.m. Send pictures of your friends in red to for publication in next week's Transporter.

Published 01-30-15