If you're seeing red all around you today, here's why: It's National Wear Red for Women Day, an American Heart Association initiative (wholeheartedly—so to speak—supported by Landcruisers) to raise awareness about heart disease in women.
Although heart disease was long thought of as a man's condition, it's the number-one killer of women, and one in three of us will develop some form of it during her lifetime. We kicked off the scarlet celebrations a day early at last night's Red Dress Awards, our fifth-annual event honoring people who've been on the forefront of promoting women's cardiovascular health.
For staff members, it was a night to get dressed up in our favorite red frocks and support a good cause. Most of us worked at the event, too: I stood at the front door directing crimson-clad attendees such as emcee Lara Spencer upstairs: "Escalator behind you; elevators to the right." Our web intern, Naomi (pictured at right), stood at the side door doing the same duty.
To learn about the symptoms of cardiovascular disease, including those more common in women, click here.
to read about the honorees: high-energy fitness pioneer Denise Austin (pictured at left with Health Assistant Dana Gottesman and Health Editor Barbara Brody); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Wanda K. Jones, DrPH; Fern Mallis, who helped launch the Red Dress Collection Show; and Jennifer Mieres, MD, author of Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas.—Jennifer Conrad
Has heart disease affected you personally? What do you do to stay heart-healthy?