Go Red for Women this February

Posted at 6:58 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 08:58:51-05

BOISE, Idaho — With the start of February just around the corner, it's time to grab your best red outfits for Go Red for Women!

The American Heart Association is celebrating the 16th year of its signature women's initiative, Go Red for Women. Several events are planned to help bring awareness to women's heart health and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women around the world. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women--claiming more women's lives than all forms of cancer combined.

Heart health isn't just a problem for "older" women. Heart disease and stroke can affect a woman at any age. In fact, new research shows heart attacks are on the rise in younger women. Go Red for Women wants Idaho women to know the statistics and connect them with their own heart health, compelling them to know their numbers (blood pressure, total cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index), move more, eat smart and manage their blood pressure.

Go Red for Women also helps teach women to look out for warning signs for heart attack and stroke. Heart attack signs, include pain in the neck, jaw, back, stomach, both arms or chest, as well as nausea, shortness of breath or lightheadedness. For stroke signs, remember F.A.S.T.--face drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech, and time to call 911.

To celebrate Go Red for Women, make sure to wear red on Friday, February 7 for National Wear Red Day. Here in Boise, you can support the movement by getting a ticket to the Go Red for Women Luncheon.

This year's luncheon is set for Friday, February 21 at Boise Centre East. It starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be emceed by 6 On Your Side anchor Jillian Garrigues. The day features a health expo, silent auction, and a keynote speech from two-time Olympic medalist skier Shannon Bahrke. The luncheon chair is Suzie Hall of Cornerstone Design. For more information, click here.

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