Health and Family Services Cabinet
‘Go Red’ for Kentucky Women
Friday Marks Annual Observance for Women’s Heart Disease
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is encouraging all Kentuckians to “Go Red” on Friday to show support for National Wear Red Day, an observance created to highlight the dangers of heart disease among women.
This year marks the fifth year women and men of all ages will be wearing red blouses, sweaters, shirts, ties, shoes or other favorite accessories to show support for women’s heart disease awareness.
“Though a small gesture, participating in National Wear Red Day sends a strong message about the importance of continued education, research and prevention of heart disease among women,” said William Hacker, M.D., DPH commissioner and acting undersecretary for health at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Heart disease is one of the biggest threats to the health of women in Kentucky. I hope everyone will join us in taking part in National Wear Red Day.”
In Kentucky, more women die each year from heart disease than men, according to DPH. Also, more women die of heart disease than all cancers combined, yet only 20 percent of women identify heart disease as the greatest health problem facing women today, and most fail to make the connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease.
The ultimate goal of National Wear Red Day, part of February’s American Heart Month, is to reduce the rate of heart disease among women. To do that, DPH recommends avoiding the use of tobacco products like cigarettes, exercising more and following a diet that includes more fresh fruits and vegetables, but avoids high salt and fat. DPH also recommends having a blood pressure screening and taking necessary to steps to lower blood pressure if the reading is higher than 120/80.
“Women can lower their risk of heart disease by educating themselves and following guidelines necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Hacker. “I cannot stress enough how important it is to know the risk factors, how to avoid them and to follow the advice of your health care provider. The lessons of Heart Month should not be put away after February comes to an end, but remembered and observed throughout a person’s life.”