Reminder: Feb. 3 is National Wear Red Day

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Show your support for women’s heart health and wear red Friday, Feb. 3.

February is National Healthy Heart Observance Month and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the American Heart Association, has declared Friday, February 3rd, 2017 to be National Wear Red Day as part of their “Go Red for Women" Campaign.

Heart disease has traditionally been associated with Men but heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined so the National “Wear Red Day " highlights support to mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives and calls their attention to women's heart health.

Stuart Bapties, Health Promotions manager at Robins, said the observance promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite and show support by putting on a favorite red dress, red shirt, red tie, or Red Dress Pin.

“This year, we are concentrating on ensuring that women know the numbers that affect their hearts,” he said. “Most people know a lot of numbers by heart, like phone numbers, birthdays, pin numbers and passwords. But how many   know the most critical numbers for their heart health? That knowledge could just save your life.  That's why Go Red For Women and The Heart Truth are encouraging all women to schedule a visit with their doctor to learn their personal health numbers including Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) and assess their risk for heart disease and stroke.”

Bapties said people should learn these most critical numbers since knowing them could save their lives.

Elements of both Air Force Health Promotions and Civilian Health Promotions, along with Disease Management Nurses from the 78 Medical Group will be at the Base Restaurant conducting free cardiac risk profiles, blood pressure screenings, and BMI checks on Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

To participate, people should wear something red to work, either a red dress, red shirt or even just a red tie.   

For more information and to get a free Red Dress Lapel Pin visit http://www.goredforwomen.org/.