Omaha goes red for women


The reason? To highlight what health experts say is the number one killer of women: heart disease.

National Wear Red for Women Day was created in 2003 by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. More than 800,000 people in the US die from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases each year.

On Friday, February 2, the faculty and staff of Harbor Country Day School joined the national "Go Red for Women" movement to bring greater awareness and financial support to the issue of heart disease among women. 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. In fact, today heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

There are three ways people can participate in National Wear Red Day. You can also follow all the latest from the Birmingham chapter of the American Heart Association by visiting their website or following along on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The company has a "Wear Red" sale, is selling pins, and offering exclusive red dresses with 10% of proceeds benefiting the AHA.