National Wear Red Day spreads heart health awareness

Dr. Eva Rzucidlo speaks to a group of women during McLeod’s event in Cheraw

Dr. Eva Rzucidlo speaks to a group of women during McLeod’s event in Cheraw

February marks American Heart Month which raises awareness to save lives from the nation's number one killer: heart disease.

That's more than all cancers combined.

But 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases are preventable through healthy habits like improving diet and exercising.

Every year, almost 500,000 American women die from heart disease and stroke.

Mayor Bob Scott has declared Friday will be "Wear Red Day", encouraging locals to wear red apparel to promote awareness of heart health. The $15 event begins at 7 a.m. and will offer the following screenings: cholesterol, glucose (blood sugar), blood pressure, heart risk assessment, EKG (based on individual risk), height, weight, BMI, and body fat calculations.

The city of Winston-Salem will officially kick off National Wear Red Day at the 10th annual Winston-Salem Goes Red Breakfast.

These women will share their personal stories throughout the year to help other women in Forsyth County prevent and fight heart disease and stroke.

"So you may go up to them and ask them a question, why are you wearing red, what's going on today?"

You can also shop at Macy's and pick up a Red Dress pin. You can also follow all the latest from the Birmingham chapter of the American Heart Association by visiting their website or following along on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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