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National Wear Red Day

Get flashy in ruby hues for National Wear Red Day, supporting heart health awareness one heart at a time!
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Get ready to dress in your most striking red for the annual National Wear Red Day, happening on the first Friday of February! This heartwarming event has been helping to promote heart health awareness across the nation since its inception in 2003 by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. This vibrant celebration, part of the wider American Heart Month, invites everyone to partake by flamboyantly flaunting their cherry, rouge, or crimson outfits. So, speak volumes without saying a word, support heart health, and brighten up the winter days, all while wearing your favorite ruby garment. It's a wonderful way to spread the word and make a fashion statement!

History of National Wear Red Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Launch of National Wear Red Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) initiated National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about heart disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Lady Support</div><div class='timeline-text'>First Lady Laura Bush becomes the national ambassador for the Heart Truth campaign, promoting National Wear Red Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Broad Community Engagement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Heart Association, Macy's and other companies join forces to support the Heart Truth campaign and National Wear Red Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Red Dress Collection Fashion Show</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Red Dress Collection Fashion Show was held in New York City. This event is now an annual highlight of National Wear Red Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expansion of Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>One in three women in the US recognize National Wear Red Day as a result of growing awareness campaigns.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Continued Advocacy</div><div class='timeline-text'>Despite pandemic challenges, the advocacy and awareness activities of National Wear Red Day continue virtually across the US.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Wear Red Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Organize a wear-red gathering</h3><p class='facts-text'>Arrange a party at your place where the dress code is 'RED'. You can cook red colored food, prepare red drinks and decorate your place in red to add to the theme.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Engage in a Red Recipe Challenge</h3><p class='facts-text'>As a fun and delicious way to mark National Wear Red Day, invite family and friends to engage in a 'Red Recipe' challenge. Everyone must prepare a heart-healthy dish featuring red ingredients such as tomatoes, radishes, strawberries or beetroot! It serves quite literally as a heart-warming celebration.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Plan a Heart-Healthy Workout</h3><p class='facts-text'>Wear your favorite red workout gear and meet up with friends for a workout focused on heart-healthy activities. This could include taking a brisk walk, attending a cardio-focused exercise class, or going for a bike ride.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Launch an Online Fundraiser</h3><p class='facts-text'>Launch an online fundraiser in different shades of red to benefit heart health or research organizations. Encourage donors to dress in red and post their pictures to social media, spreading word of the fundraiser and National Wear Red Day!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Create Heart-themed Craft Activities</h3><p class='facts-text'>Engage kids or adults to 'Wear Red' by creating a heart-themed craft day.  Supply materials for making heart-shaped decorations in varying shades of red. Remember to display your creations and let everyone know why you're crafting with heart!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Wear Red Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Spreads Awareness for Heart Health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Wear Red Day is not just about wearing a bold color - it's a great initiative to promote awareness about heart health. The day offers a platform for discussions around heart diseases and their prevention, making it an essential observance for public health.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Fun and Engaging Activities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There's an abundance of exciting activities that one can partake in on National Wear Red Day - from crafting with the kids to organizing a themed party or workout session. These activities not only make the day enjoyable but also help to further reinforce the message of the cause.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>The Opportunity to Make a Fashion Statement</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Aside from the important life-saving cause it represents, National Wear Red Day gives us the chance to make a striking fashion statement! It serves as the perfect excuse to dress in your favorite red outfit and confidently sport this bold, vibrant color.</p></div></div>

5 Heart-Healthy Facts for National Wear Red Day

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National Wear Red Day Dates

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2023

Feb 3

Friday

2024

Feb 2

Friday

2025

Feb 7

Friday

2026

Feb 6

Friday

2027

Feb 5

Friday

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