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National Wear Red Day is Feb. 6

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By The Staff

February is American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association has designated Feb. 6 as National Wear Red Day - part of Go Red For Women.

Six years ago, the association launched Go Red For Women, a campaign to alert women to the fact that heart disease is their number-one health threat. Now, many more know that heart disease is not only a man's disease; indeed, it actually kills more women than men, about 460,000 per year, about one per minute, more than the next five leading causes of death, including all forms of cancer, combined.

Go Red For Women is more than an awareness program, though. Today it is a movement, stirring women to take action and fight heart disease and stroke.

One action the American Heart Association urges everyone to take - men, women and children alike - is to wear red on Friday as a show of support for this vital fight. A dress, a shirt, a necktie, a blazer, a pantsuit, a scarf, anything ... as long as it's red, is perfectly fitting for this observance.

Nor do people need to hold their observance just to tomorrow. Any day can be Wear Red Day, and the American Heart Association's red dress lapel pin is the ideal accessory.

Watch for people in your community-friends, co-workers, the anchors on the news, store clerks, everyone-to be wearing red. For more information about Go Red For Women, visit www.goredforwomen.org.

Kentucky Wear Red Day events

People across the Bluegrass State will Go Red in one way or another this week, from the professional to the very personal. Here's a snapshot of what is happening:

Friday, Feb. 6

- A Cause to Dye For - Ecotage Salon at Macy's Oxmoor Center. Twenty people will take a bold stand against heart disease by dyeing their hair red. People can come out from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to show their support and also for free health screenings, snacks and giveaways. The celebration then continues from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of Macy's with free health screenings, information and registration for door prizes.

- Red Around Town - 21C Hotel and Museum Wear Red Day Happy Hour, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Red-themed specials with a portion of proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

- Health screenings with Saint Joseph Health System - at Macy's Fayette Mall. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., people can get heart health information and red dress pins.

- Landmarks going red - Across the region, organizations have come aboard as supporters of Go Red For Women by lighting, accenting and decorating their properties in red. This year's roster of red landmarks includes, in Louisville: 21C Hotel and Museum, the Belle of Louisville, Spalding University, Frazier International History Museum, Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center and McMahan Fire District; in Frankfort: the governor's mansion and the floral clock at the Capitol; in Lexington: The Herald-Leader; and in Jeffersonville, Ind., Clark Memorial Hospital.

Saturday, Feb. 7

- A Girls Go Red event at The Shops at Cool Springs - Ring Road, Elizabethtown. This will be a great gathering for girlfriends, with red refreshments, fun and décor, all in an event where people can learn about women's No. 1 killer, heart disease and shop, of course.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. 

The American Heart Association funds education, advocacy and research to fight heart disease and stroke.

In fiscal year 2006-2007 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call (800) AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

About the American Stroke Association

The goal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is to reduce disability and death from stroke through research, education and advocacy. In its 2006-2007 fiscal year, the association invested more than $152 million to fight stroke.

To learn more, call (888) 4STROKE or visit strokeassociation.org.