Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen proclaimed Feb. 1 “The National Wear Red Day for Women” in the Township of Manalapan. All residents are urged to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease and stroke by by wearing the color red in commemoration of this day.
“By increasing awareness, speaking up about heart disease and stroke, and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, we can save thousands of lives each year,” Cohen said.
Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of more than 420,000 American females each year, which equals about one death per minute. Each year, 52 percent of all deaths due to cardiovascular disease and 60 percent of stroke deaths occur in females, Cohen said in her official proclamation.
Diseases of the heart are the nation’s leading cause of death and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death. So many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their number one killer, Cohen explained.
Nearly as many women die of heart disease, stroke, and all other cardiovascular diseases than the next four leading causes of death in women combined - including all cancers.
February is dedicated American Heart Month and “Go Red For Women” is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness about heart disease and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
The proper way to minimize heart disease requires taking action and making the right choices related to proper nutrition, physical activity, and other healthy lifestyle choices, according to the American Heart Association.