Wear red day in honor of national heart month

February is National Heart Month and in addition to Valentine’s Day for the romantics, there’s another day - the first Friday in February - dedicated to the cause of women’s hearts.
February 6, National “Wear Red Day” is part of the “Go Red for Women” campaign, a nationwide movement celebrating the “energy, passion and power we have to band together and wipe out heart disease - the No. 1 killer of women,” according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
Go Red for Women was launched in 2004 to raise women’s awareness for this health issue, with the phrase “Love Your Heart.” Since then the movement has spread nationwide, with companies such as retailer Macy’s, pharmaceutical giant Merck and Aetna Insurance as corporate sponsors.
Millions of people wear red in solidarity with the campaign, and cities across the country light up buildings, bridges, etc. in red.
The Empire State Building is lit in red every year, and this year, so is the Unisphere and the Panorama of the City of New York adjacent to the Queens Museum of Art, which hosts a celebration for the cause, including their Spanish Language campaign, “Conozca Su Corazn.”
So, in case you were wondering, all the red lighting isn’t a Valentine’s Day rehearsal - but it sure is about love and the heart.
Since 1924, the AHA has been working against Heart Disease and Stroke, the No. 1 and No. 3 killer of Americans. For more information, call 800-AHA-USA1 (800-242-8721) or visit www.americanheart.org.

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