Friday, Feb. 1 is ‘Go Red’ Day at Michigan Medicine

January 28, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

The good news? Cardiovascular disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing your health conditions.

Health professionals, families and even communities can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

On the first Friday of February, also known as “Heart Month,” the Michigan Medicine community will band together to GO RED. The university will “GO RED” to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease and stroke … and to educate the community on how it can be prevented.

But what does “Go Red” mean?

G: Get your numbers: Learn your blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI and cholesterol levels and talk to your doctor about them.

O: Own your lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise and eat healthy foods.

R: Realize your risk: Learn about your modifiable versus non-modifiable risk factors and what you can do about it.

E: Educate your family: Teach those you love about the signs and symptoms of a stroke/heart attack.

D: Don’t be silent: Use Heart Month to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke, both at home and in the community.

Join the movement and make sure to wear your red on Friday, Feb. 1. It’s the one day of the year Michigan Medicine can swap or add red to maize and blue!

And if you do Go Red, consider snapping some photos on your phone and emailing them to headlines@med.umich.edu to be included in a special slideshow to be featured in Michigan Medicine Headlines later in February!

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