Wait! Quick! Have you left for work yet? If not, turn around, get in that wardrobe and reach for the brightest, boldest color in there. Today is National Wear Red Day, and you’ll be making a powerful statement with what you wear.
In October, when I wrote about breast cancer month, I got some really good comments from bellas asking about other such initatives. Where’s the diabetes month, or multiple sclerosis month? What are the colors for those? How can I support other diseases from month to month? An initiative is underway to make February and March all about your ticker. The American Heart Association’s goal is to make you “fall in love with your heart.”
I’ve been learning quite a bit about heart disease, thanks to the official website, heart.org. There is a history of high blood pressure and cardiac issues in my own family, and heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 killer of American women. And strokes are no joke in the African American community — it’s the third-leading cause of death among African Americans. More than 100,000 will suffer one this year.
Today is the day. Educate yourself. Put on your fly red outfit and red lipstick, and educate everyone you meet. Or even betterm put on your fly red workout outfit and take care of your heart the best way you can. Take the Go Red Heart CheckUp online, or call 1-888-AHA-2222. Check out other ways to support the movement. We take such time to make sure our exterior appearance is beautiful. Let’s make sure our internal organs look and feel the same.