Feb. 1: Wear Red Day

DAYTON — The American Heart Association and its Go Red for Women movement, has announced National Wear Red Day as Friday, Feb. 1.

The Miami Valley Division of the American Heart Association will kick off American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day with a special event, Jan. 31, at Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. 5th Street, Dayton. Beginning at 6 p.m., the wine-tasting and healthy appetizer event requires registration. Tickets are $75 per person and space is limited. Proceeds will support women’s health locally. Register at www.salarrestaurant.com.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of one in three women.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, nationally sponsored by CVS Health and locally sponsored by Premier Health, encourages people to wear red and give on Friday, Feb. 1, to raise awareness and save lives from heart disease.

• Wear red to raise awareness about heart disease.

• Make a donation to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association at WearRedDay.org or at a local CVS Pharmacy, Feb. 3-23.

• Take action for your heart health. To help women better understand their risk for heart disease, CVS Health is offering no-cost, heart health screenings every Thursday in February, including Valentine’s Day, at CVS MinuteClinics nationwide.

• Join the conversation by using #WearRedAndGive on social media.

“Premier Health is proud to be part of the Go Red for Women movement. As a leader in heart care for the region, we encourage all women to know their numbers and their risk for cardiovascular disease,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “Don’t let a heart attack be your first sign of a problem. Get a heart CT and follow the guidelines for a heart-healthy lifestyle.”

While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat. To treat, beat and prevent heart disease and stroke, women should understand family health history, know their five key personal health numbers to help determine risk and make healthy behavior changes like moving more, eating smart and managing blood pressure.