This is why you may see many local firefighters sporting their best RED ensembles today…
Did you know heart disease still kills more women than all cancers combined? Today, February 1, 2013, members of Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) will join others across the nation for National Wear Red Day – Celebrating 10 Years of Going Red, sponsored by the American Heart Association.
Many of the staff at EF&R are wearing red as a way to help raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their No.1 health threat.
Since the first National Wear Red Day ten years ago, many strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women including:
- 21% fewer woman dying from heart disease
- 23% more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat
- Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
- Legislation to help end gender disparities
The Heart Truth campaign introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to Americans. – specifically American women.
As a fire department that responds daily to many medical situations and emergencies, EF&R knows heart health among local women is certainly one of those urgent calls for help.
Eastside Fire and Rescue asks you to join them today, February 1st, for National Wear Red Day
Learn more about women and heart disease by visiting Go Red for Women.