A couple of Birmingham landmarks took National Wear Red Day literally on Friday.
St. Vincent’s Hospital and Regions Field were both aglow in red this evening to help the American Heart Association raise awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women and men in America.
St. Vincent’s Health System sponsors the AHA’s Go Red For Women campaign, which seeks to close the heart disease awareness gap among women. Only about one in five women can identify heart disease as their primary health threat.
St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham glows red to raise awareness during the American Heart Association’s “Wear Red Day.”
Today was all about red, from morning news anchors showing off their finest red fashions, to the annual Babies Go Red event at St. Vincent’s Hospital, to the first-annual Taste of Life celebration at The Summit Club in downtown Birmingham. The AHA’s Red Couch tour made three stops today, engaging hundreds of women (and men) in a conversation about heart disease risk factors and giving some a chance to share a personal survivor story.
One of those tour stops was at Regions Field, home of the Birmingham Barons. The Barons staff posed for a photo on the Couch this morning, dressed entirely in red. This evening, the downtown stadium’s iconic “Birmingham” wall was illuminated in red light.
Cardiovascular diseases cause about one in three women’s deaths each year in the United States, killing approximately one woman a minute. About 43 million women in the U.S. are currently affected by cardiovascular disease and about 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor. Many women do not recognize the symptoms of heart disease until it is too late. Through the Go Red For Women campaign, the American Heart Association not only raises awareness of these facts, but encourages women to adopt healthy lifestyle habits aimed at lowering and eliminating those risk factors.
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