Friday, Feb. 7 is national Wear Red Day. The American Heart Association launched the national Wear Red Day campaign in 2003 to raise awareness about heart disease in women. Each year, on the first Friday of February, people across the country wear red in solidarity to raise awareness about heart disease.
On Feb. 7, in partnership with the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health and the County’s Wellness Program, various health partners will be offering free blood pressure screenings and heart health resources in the Government Center lobby (201 W. Front St., Media, PA) from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. Members of the public and County employees are encouraged to get their blood pressure taken, to learn about risk factors, the importance of diet and exercise, and the signs of stroke and heart attack.
Delaware County Council encourages all residents and employees to participate in national Wear Red Day to educate themselves and raise awareness about heart disease.
Heart disease is the most common cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Heart disease has been called the “silent killer” because it often strikes without noticeable symptoms. It's more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, sadly claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. It’s also the leading cause of serious illness and disability.
The American Heart Association has been the leading agency in the fight against heart disease through education, awareness and medical research. They launched their first American Heart Month in 1964. More information on National Wear Red Day can be found here: www.goredforwomen.org/en