Wyoming (WZZM) - Today is National Go Red for Women Day. Adding a splash ofred to your wardrobe can help raise awareness in the fight against heart disease. Heart disease is by far the biggest health threat to women, which is why the "Go Red For Women" campaign, now in its 10th year, has become a national movement.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills one in three women each year; that's one woman every single minute. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. It accounts for more deaths in women than all forms of cancer combined. Despite the threat, few women consider it as such a risk.
Dr. Matthew Boutell, with Grand Valley Health Plan, says this campaign is to encourage women, whether they are young or old, to talk to their doctors and learn about the risks of heart disease. "It is really important to start talking about this earlier and all the risk factors that lead to heart disease developing, which often is in women when they are in their 60s' and 70's. It comes up when they are doing things like smoking, when they are not controlling their blood pressure, not exercising and having cholesterol issues. All of those things take many years to develop and so if you can hit those things early than it reduces the likelihood of heart disease developing," said Boutell.
Studies show women who celebrate "Go Red,' which is always the first Friday in February, are more likely to make healthier choices. That includes, deciding to increase exercise, change their diets, stop smoking or schedule a physical with their doctors.
There are several events happening around West Michigan today to celebrate. WZZM 13 Health Reporter, Val Lego will be at the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" Fashion Passion Party. That's tonight at the B.O.B. between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m