Millions of RNs Will Wear Red to Support American Heart Month!
Get your numbers, Own your lifestyle, Realize your risk, Educate your family, Don’t be silent—these are healthy lifestyle directives created by GO RED. It’s that time of year again; the first Friday in February has been, for a decade now, “National Wear Red Day”, an awareness initiative created by the American Heart Association that has celebrated national heart health awareness every February since 1964; a half century later, health professionals are still putting their hearts into educating patients, family and friends.
The RN's Shortlist of Heart Health Initiatives in February and Year Round!
- Visit Go red for women now! Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women; in fact, more women die of heart disease and stroke each year than men, and it’s been that way every year since 1984. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, “Go Red” is making strides in reversing that trend. For 10 years, Go Red has been successful in increasing the number of women who get an annual heart healthy check-up. Visit Go Red today to create a personalized plan that helps you live and maintain a heart healthy lifestyle!
- Support Legislation that Bans Smoking in Hospitals: Non-smoking healthcare facilities are popping up across the United States, creating new hiring policies that prevent smokers from joining healthcare staff. The American Heart Association has made it clear that cigarette smoke is one of the main detriments to cardiovascular health, so if you haven’t done so already, quit smoking!
- Get fit in 30 minutes a day: Walking briskly for 30 minutes a dayis encouraged by the American Heart Association as an ideal way to keep those healthy hearts pumping. Housework counts too! Click on this healthy careers article about how many calories different types of domestic chores burn!
- Prepare Healthy Plant-Based Recipes: Making your own food is a surefire way to limit and control fats, sodium and sugar—especially when most of your plate follows the MyPlate.gov guidelines of eating more vegetables and less red meat. Visit Healthy Careers recipes for nutritious meals and information on the cardiovascular benefits of a plant-based diet.
It’s heartening to know…
Registered nurses will be among the millions helping to promote what President Lyndon B. Johnson began 50 years ago. As Americans in all 50 U.S. states prepare to celebrate National Wear Red Day®, health professionals in nursing jobs from coast to coast will add their voices. Let us continue to recognize that advancements in technology and treatment, and emphasis on diet and exercise will always be at the heart of the issue!
*facts for this blog came from the American Heart Association and Huffington Post.