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.

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Shones says:
February 1, 2008, 11:13 am
I'm glad you posted about this topic, and the phrase "fall in love with your heart" is so fitting. Starting four years ago, every February I show love to myself by booking all my annual or bi-annual health-related exams. Sometimes we get so busy taking care of business, other people, school and the like, we forget to take care of ourselves. This helps me remember every year! I'm rockin' my red patent leather pointy toed flats today in support of Go Red. Thanks again, Bella.
Nic says:
February 1, 2008, 11:39 am
Thanks for posting this! "fall in love with your heart.”... I love it. I'm already at work right now, but when I get home best believe i'ma heading to the closet. Peace
Ashlee says:
February 3, 2008, 4:29 pm
warrior11209 says:
February 18, 2008, 1:40 pm
I know I am late to respond to this topic - I wore Red on Feb. 1 for Women's Heart Health - I love the slogan. Stroke and heart issues are prevalent in our community. My husband had a stroke in 2002(at age 45)- and even though it was mild it was devastating to both him and our family He is still, and will be for the rest of his life, recovering from this stroke. As a result - our children and I are taking exceptional care of ourselves and our hearts. People , we need to exercise and eat better - we have only one body and we need to concentrate on what we put in or mouths and less on what we put on it!


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