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National Wear Red Day® – February 4, 2022 – calls Houstonians to ‘Reclaim Your Rhythm’

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The American Heart Association, the leading global volunteer organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, is rallying women across the Houston Gulf Coast to “Reclaim Your Rhythm” on Friday, February 4 as a part of the Association’s 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. On Friday, February 4, crank up the tunes, get on your 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 American Heart Association’s 2022 Heart Disease & Stroke Statistical Update, cardiovascular disease remains women’s greatest health threat. The effects of COVID-19 are likely to influence cardiovascular health and mortality rates for many years[1], directly and indirectly, physically and emotionally. This is why the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement, nationally sponsored by CVS Health, alongside National Wear Red Day Matching Sponsor Big Lots, and locally by St. Luke’s Health, is asking women to make moves today for healthier tomorrows.

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“The last two years have taken a real toll on both our physical and mental health. Many people feel like they have lost their rhythm, the flow of their everyday lives. That can have a real impact on a person’s health and the ability to live a full life,” says Liz Youngblood, RN, MBA, FACHE, President Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center & SVP/COO St. Luke’s Health, and 2022 Chair of the Houston Go Red for Women Campaign. “Studies2 show that elevated stress hormones are linked to higher risk of high blood pressure and heart events.”

“With our 2022 Heart Month theme, we’re tapping into music as the universal language that connects us, brings the good vibes and encourages us to move,” says Youngblood. “For many people, music brings about positive feelings and can actively counteract the stress reaction in the body.

Through the Go Red for Women movement, the American Heart Association encourages people to take action in February by:

  • Wearing red on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 4, 2022, to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The iconic Red Dress pin and other apparel are available at ShopHeart.org.
  • Making a donation to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association at WearRedDay.org. Big Lots and the Big Lots Foundation will match online donations on National Wear Red Day, up to $333,333.
  • Visiting CVS Health and making a donation at the register until [confirm date]. Donations can also be made online at www.CVSHealth.com/GoRed.
  • Join Research Goes Red, a joint collaboration between the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and Verily’s Project Baseline to engage more women directly to participate in research.
  • Joining the conversation by using #GoRedHouston, #WearRedDay, #HeartMonth and #GoRedforWomen on social media.

Learn more at GoRedforWomen.org.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800- AHA-USA1.

About Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 18 years, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedforWomen.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721).


[1]  https://newsroom.heart.org/news/heart-disease

2 https://newsroom.heart.org/news/elevated-stress-hormones-linked-to-higher-risk-of-high-blood-pressure-and-heart-events

Source: American Heart Association

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