More than a color: ‘Go Red’ Day helps raise awareness of heart disease in women

February 11, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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Last Friday, faculty and staff across the organization found themselves decked out in similar attire — as they came to work wearing all shades of red. And they did so for an important cause.

The annual “Go Red” Day at Michigan Medicine was celebrated to raise awareness of heart disease in women. With cardiovascular disease causing one in every three deaths in women each year, it’s vitally important to disseminate facts about prevention and treatment.

The day falls as part of Heart Month each year, which is recognized every February.

A simple message

So why do employees “Go Red”?

Each letter in the slogan represents a different way women can keep an eye on their heart health:

G: Get Your Numbers
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

O: Own Your Lifestyle
Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.

R: Realize Your Risk
You may think it won’t happen to you, but heart disease kills one of three women.

E: Educate Your Family
Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

D: Don’t Be Silent: 

Tell every woman you know that heart disease is so prevalent.

Click here to learn more about the importance of Go Red Day. And check out the photo gallery above to see Michigan Medicine team members getting in the spirit last week!

Photos by Leisa Thompson or reader-submitted.