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National Wear Red Day Toolkit
National Wear Red Day Toolkit


Version #1: For women | Version #2: For organization members

Version #1: For women

Heart Disease is a leading cause of death among women. Know your risk factors on National Wear Red Day®.

Do you know The Heart Truth® about women and heart disease? More women die of heart disease than any other disease—even breast cancer. And living with it can lead to disability and a decreased quality of life.

Join The Heart Truth program on Friday, February 3,2017—National Wear Red Day—to help spread the message. Wear your favorite red dress, red shirt, or red tie to inspire women to take action to protect their hearts.

For women ages 40-60, having just one risk factor increases your risk for heart disease by 40 percent. Multiple risk factors multiply your risk. Know the risk factors for heart disease that you have control over:

  • Smoking;
  • High blood pressure;
  • High cholesterol and high triglyceride levels;
  • Overweight/obesity;
  • Physical inactivity; and
  • Diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Talk to your doctor to find out if you are at risk and take action. Not smoking, heart healthy eating, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and taking prescribed medication can help to control and reduce your risks.

To find out more about women and heart disease, visit The Heart Truth Web pages at or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

Version #2: For organization members

(Your organization name) has joined The Heart Truth®, a national education program for women that raises awareness about heart disease and its risk factors and educates and motivates them to take action to prevent the disease. The program is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

On Friday, February 3, 2017, join millions of other Americans for National Wear Red Day. Wear your favorite red dress, red shirt, or red tie to raise awareness that heart disease—one of the leading causes of death among women—is largely preventable. Help us to motivate women to find out their risks and take action to lower them.

In addition to wearing red, help spread the word!

It's easy to use The Heart Truth program materials to spread the word.  Here's how:

We thank you for your participation. (Your organization name) is committed to women's heart health!

Last Updated: Janaury 2017

The Heart Truth®, its logo, The Red Dress®, and Red Dress® are registered trademarks of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  National Wear Red Day® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and American Heart Association.

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