Friday Is National Wear Red Day®

Raise awareness of heart disease and get your red on

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants you to wear red this Friday, February 3, 2017, National Wear Red Day®, to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Show your support by sharing photos of your friends, family, and coworkers wearing red this Friday on the IDPH Facebook page – IDPH.Illinois.

According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of heart disease and stroke deaths can be prevented with education and action.

Risk Factors – these may increase your chance of heart disease.
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of early heart disease
  • Age (55 or older for women)
  • Being physically inactive
  • Smoking
Questions – some questions you can ask your health care provider.
  • What is my risk for heart disease?
  • What is my blood pressure and what are my cholesterol numbers?
  • Do I need to lose weight for my health?
  • What screening test for heart health do I need and how frequently?
  • Am I at risk for diabetes? What is my blood sugar level?
Preventing Heart Disease – reducing your risk.
  • Quit smoking
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Control your cholesterol
  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your stress level
  • Be physically active
  • Eat a nutritious diet

For more information on heart disease and stroke, log onto the IDPH website.