Lauren Livingston, spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, says Wear Red Day events aim to raise awareness about heart disease, the leading cause of death in Nebraska.
“Lots of businesses are doing activities,” Livingston says. “They might have heart health tables set up at their offices or they might be going on company walks, anything to promote heart health. They’re sharing pictures on social media of themselves wearing red. Across the nation, there are lots of Go Red for Women luncheons.”
Every year, some 4,600 Nebraskans die from heart disease, about a third of all deaths statewide. While the numbers are grim, she says there is cause for optimism.
“It’s affecting one in three people in America which is a huge number but, the good news is that 80% of heart disease and stroke is preventable through healthy lifestyle changes,” Livingston says. “That’s one of the big messages that we try to convey during Heart Month and throughout the year.”
The Heart Association says cardiovascular disease is the number-one cause of death in Nebraska. It also accounts for more than 17,000 hospitalizations statewide every year.