It's National Wear Red Day. Here's Why People Are Dressing Up


Today is National Wear Red Day, a day to get educated and give back to help end heart disease and stroke.

A number of Doctors, Nurses, and other staff gathered showing their support of "Wear Red Day", and Cardiologist Dr. Majerus says that the awareness of women and heart disease continues to grow thanks to "Wear Red Day".

The day started in 2003 as a part of a campaign to raise awareness and take action against cardiovascular disease in women.

Lifestyle choices such as smoking, poor diet, and excessive alcohol can increase chances of heart disease. It claims the life of one woman every 80 seconds and more women each year than all forms of cancer combined.

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Women (and men) across America will be color-coordinating today for National Wear Red Day 2018, which aims to dispel myths surrounding heart diseases. The $15 event begins at 7 a.m. and will offer the following screenings: cholesterol, glucose (blood sugar), blood pressure, heart risk assessment, EKG (based on individual risk), height, weight, BMI, and body fat calculations.

We're not wearing red on the Morning Show in honor of the Patriots heading back to the Superbowl - although the big game is on nearly everyone's minds as we start off this first weekend in February.

The celebration of "Wear Red Day" continued later on where Unity Point Health St. Lukes also had Mayor Bob Scott for their own reading of the Proclamation. This year, they have a goal to raise $2,000,000. All proceeds go to Go Red for Women.