‘Wear Red Day’ was a success in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The American Heart Association is on a mission to save lives. The non-profit organization devotes the entire month of February to bringing attention to heart disease, which is the number one killer of women.

On Friday, Feb. 7, they encouraged everyone to “go red” in order to raise awareness. From red nails to red pants, “Wear Red Day” was celebrated nationwide.

The numbers are scary. According to Matt Hooper with the American Heart Association in Birmingham, one out of every three deaths in the United States will be attributed to some form of cardiovascular disease or stroke in 2014.

“The problem is only one out of every five women can identify heart disease as being their number one health threat,” Hooper said.

The city of Birmingham celebrated “Wear Red Day” with several events, including the Taste of Life at the Summit Club located downtown.

Local restaurants and chefs provided heart healthy dishes at the event.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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