Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in America?  If the answer is no, you’re not alone. In 1997, the American Heart Association found that only 34% of women were aware of the extent with which heart disease affects women. To raise awareness, the organization began Go Red for Women, an annual event to raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease and to teach women about prevention. Since the Go Red movement launched, 34% less women have died from heart disease; and awareness that it is the leading cause of death has grown to 54%.

Now that you know, what can you do? Follow the American Heart Association’s simple steps below to Go Red!

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.

R: REALIZE YOUR RISK

We think it won’t happen to us, 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 our No. 1 killer. Raise your voice.

Today, the SM& staff is decked out in red to show our support. What are you doing to raise awareness of heart disease?

You can learn more about how to reduce your risk here or follow the conversation online using #GoRed and #BostonGoesRed.