This is National Wear Red Day and Nebraskans are encouraged to don at least one article of clothing in that bright color to draw attention to a critical health issue.
Cassie Wessing, spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, says heart disease takes a toll on many thousands of Nebraskans every year.
“We encourage everyone to get out that red dress, your red shoes, your red tie, whatever it is you have and dress up in red to celebrate American Heart Month,” Wessing says “Help us raise awareness that heart disease is our #1 killer and help empower people to take charge of their heart health.”
Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in Nebraska, resulting in some 18,000 hospitalizations and 3,400 deaths statewide every year.
“One in three people are effected,” Wessing says. “If you don’t have heart disease yourself, you likely have a friend, family member or loved one who has been effected. It’s really touching all of our lives and is important to all of us.”
She notes, 80% of cardiac events are preventable by eating healthy, not smoking and getting your recommended physical activity.
Special events are planned in several Nebraska cities in the coming weeks, including CPR classes, walks, runs, dances and a Heart Association Nurses Conference in Lincoln.
Learn more at www.heart.org.