National Wear Red Day was last Friday, February 7, and Camden’s corporate office was so red you’d have thought it was Valentine’s Day a week early! Unfortunately we couldn’t fit all our red-wearing colleagues in the photo, but we were a rosy bunch!
What is National Wear Red Day? It’s the most conspicuous part of February’s campaign to raise awareness of heart disease, which is the number one killer of women. The Go Red for Women website shares some unsettling facts:
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
- The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
- While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease
However, there are actions we can take to prevent heart disease. With the right dispersion of information, education and care, heart disease can be treated, prevented, and even eliminated. The American Heart Association tells us that “healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day.” Here are a few lifestyle changes you should make:
- Don’t smoke
- Manage your blood sugar
- Get your blood pressure under control
- Lower your cholesterol
- Know your family history
- Stay active
- Lose weight
- Eat healthy
Camden is a huge proponent of living a healthy and happy lifestyle and participating in national events like this is just one of the ways that Camden cares. Did you participate in National Wear Red Day?