Friday is National Red Dress Day, but what does that really mean?

Holly Rose, Head of the Go Red For Women 2023 San Angelo Chair, explains the importance of raising awareness about women’s heart health.

SAN ANGELO, Texas. One in three women die each year from cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women chapter.

With that in mind, February 3rd is celebrated as “National Red Dress Day,” an annual holiday meant to remind people of the importance of women’s heart health.

“We really need to focus more on women’s health, mental and physical,” said Holly Rose, chairman of San Angelo’s Go Red 2023 Luncheon.

Rose decided to join Go Red in 2022 to help with marketing, and she soon fell in love with the organization and its cause.

On February 3, she and many others wear red to draw attention to this underappreciated issue.

Women often cope with the heightened pressures of everyday life by trying to manage work, family, and personal relationships. This can increase stress and thus lead to heart disease.

“A lot of things tend to fall on women to do everything and stick to the standard to be perfect,” Rose said. “You balance all these things and we tend – and I’m guilty of this – to forget who we are.”

Genetics and diet may also play a role in heart disease, but there are ways to reduce the risk.

Choosing “heart-healthy” foods and cooking early in the week are small but powerful ways to make conscious decisions for overall health, Rose says. Making time for exercise can also help create a balanced lifestyle.

At 11:15 a.m. on February 15, the McNease Convention Center will host the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon to help raise awareness of women’s heart issues. The event will include a “heart-healthy” lunch, a silent auction and a fashion show with several heart disease survivors.

Participants can also learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the event, and all funds will be used to support local organizations. The CPR and AED kits, as well as the CPR training classes, will be made available through donations.

It is important for Rose to serve her community as well as provide the best life experience for her two youngest children. One way to do this is to protect your heart health.

“Being part of this organization has opened my eyes to a better life for my family, my friends, my community because I care so much about this community,” she said.

Go to 2023SanAngeloGoRedLuncheon to find out more about the upcoming event.

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