It characterizes the Valentine's Day sweets that fill shelves at the supermarket, the shiny, cellophane wrapped heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, and bouquets of roses.
As we turn our calendar pages over to a new month, it's important to remember that February is about much more than candy and valentines.
Area restaurants are joining Christiana Care Health System to celebrate Wear Red Day, Friday, February 2. That equates to 1,080 deaths/day and 2,200 per day when men are included.
Heart disease has claimed the lives of almost 500,000 American women each year. Now, through research and education, it is known that heart disease is the number one killer of women older than 25.
Cayman's "Wear Red Day" was set up to help raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and its effects. Registered attendees will receive a complementary lunch, the release stated. A red dress, a red t-shirt, a red dress pin or red lipstick - it doesn't matter!
In recognition of Go Red Day, McLeod Health is hosting nine free educational events.
The Heart Walk, scheduled for June 9, is an opportunity to raise money for the AHA, as well as show your support for those who suffer from heart disease.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in American women, causing 1 in 3 deaths annually.
Melissa Youngblood, Union County Spokeswoman for the the 2017-2018 Go Red for Women Campaign, will speak about the "Paint the Town Red Project" in Union and being a heart attack survivor. One can also take part on social media by using the official hashtag #WearRedAndGive. American Heart Health Month is recognized along with National Wear Red Day on February 2 to raise awareness. Association statistics also show that despite an abundance of public-awareness campaigns, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. "Together with the American Heart Association, we encourage more women to talk with their health care providers or pharmacists about their risks for heart disease and how to take actions now that will minimize future risk".