National Wear Red Day calls on Hoosier women to ‘Reclaim Your Rhythm’


The American Heart Association, a global volunteer organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, is rallying women in Indiana to “Reclaim Your Rhythm” on Friday as part of the Go Red for Women National Wear Red Day.

This February, Go Red for Women is helping women reclaim their rhythm by promoting easy opportunities to build healthy habits that work best for their life, giving them the best chance at life, according to a news release from the AHA in Indianapolis.

On Friday, the organization encourages people to crank up the tunes, get their groove on and wear red to raise awareness about the prevalence of heart disease in women and donate to save women’s lives.

According to the AHA’s 2022 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update, cardiovascular disease remains the greatest health threat for women. Experts say the effects of COVID-19 are likely to influence cardiovascular health and mortality rates for many years, directly and indirectly, physically and emotionally.

This is why the AHA’s Go Red for Women movement, nationally sponsored by CVS Health, is asking women to make moves today to have healthier tomorrows.

“Heart disease has long been the leading killer of women, but these past two years have been more challenging than ever,” said Jessica Nickloy, president of Etica Group and chairwoman of the Go Red for Women movement in Indianapolis.

“Women everywhere are having a tougher time with their physical and emotional health. It’s critical that we seize the opportunity to reclaim our rhythm and set ourselves up for better long-term health so we can enjoy the upcoming years with the ones we love,” she said.

Through the Go Red for Women movement, the AHA encourages people to take action in February by wearing red Friday to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and for women to reclaim their rhythm by mellowing out and reducing stress, moving to the music, feeding their soul and rocking their recipes, staying on beat with their blood pressure and keeping the beat by learning hands-only CPR.

People also can make a donation to support the lifesaving work of the AHA online at Big Lots and the Big Lots Foundation will match online donations on National Wear Red Day up to $333,333.

Joining Research Goes Red, a joint collaboration between the AHA’s Go Red for Women and Verily’s Project Baseline to engage more women directly to participate in research, and joining the conversation by using #WearRedDay, #HeartMonth and #GoRedforWomen on social media are other ways to support the effort.

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