Why we Go Red for Women

January 20, 2017 | Mission Fed

My family has a history of being nearsighted, having loud laughter and being able to sleep soundly through a flight from San Diego to Cincinnati.

We also have a history of heart disease.

Wow, it looks pretty serious when I see it in print like that. Not everyone in our family has heart disease, but enough that it comes up in conversation.

Like a lot of families, we make jokes about the things that make us uncomfortable, and heart disease is one of them. (I won’t mention the others—you’ll have to come over to the house for a holiday and witness it for yourself.) It goes along the lines of, “Well, if I outlast my 401(k), I’ll just have a big plate of fettuccine Alfredo, and call it a day.”

Or “With my high cholesterol, I can’t watch one more [fill in name of sports team] game—my heart can’t take it.”

But isn’t this a diversionary tactic? Heart disease isn’t funny. It’s the number one health threat to women. That’s why Mission Fed has partnered with CBS Channel 8 on their 8’s Go Red for Women project to support the San Diego Division of the American Heart Association.

You can visit any of our 30 local Mission Fed branches from now through February 28 to get the cutest lapel pin in the shape of a little red dress, while supplies last. The suggested donation is only $5. And your donation will benefit the lifesaving work of the San Diego Division of the American Heart Association.

But wait—there’s more! When you make a minimum $5 donation for a Red Dress Pin, we’ll also display a paper heart in our branch. If you’d rather make a donation without getting a pin, we’ll display the paper heart for a minimum $1 donation.

I have a pin, so I can tell you that it is the right color, perfect size and flattering for all body types. More importantly, it helps raise funds right away. And it helps raise awareness every time you wear it. Your friends will probably ask about it, and that can help the conversation get started. Knowledge is power!

Like most people who like to get things moving when they get excited about a project, my first questions were, “What can I do? How can I help?” And suddenly, I was given the opportunity to write this blog and help raise awareness for our members and community.

Take care of yourself. You can help prevent heart disease by learning your family history, understanding the risk factors and empowering yourself and your loved ones to live healthier lives.

You’ll also want to check out this great information at CBS 8:

  • Go online for the Go Red Heart Check Up. It evaluates each woman's risk of having a heart attack or other cardiovascular issues within the next decade.
  • Learn the symptoms of heart attack and stroke. They’re different for men and women, and can be very different from how they’re sometimes portrayed on TV and in the movies.
  • Live healthy—and it doesn’t mean cutting out all the fun stuff. I was very happy to read that. So when you wonder what you can do, know that we have the power to stop heart disease through exercise, stress management and healthy living.
  • Mark your calendar for National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3 and do your part to take care of yourself, your family and get the conversation started.
  • Donate to the San Diego Division of the American Heart Association.
  • Attend the San Diego Go Red for Women Luncheon & Expo Friday, February 24, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. There’s even a fashion show featuring Go Red survivors. Register online, here.

Men go red for women, too! Men Go Red is a dynamic, committed group of men who are rallying their resources to fight heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women AND men. They’ve joined this group because of the women they care about and are actively influencing and inspiring communities.

I’m thinking that along with Valentines for my family and friends this year, I’m going to tuck into the card one of those little Red Dress Pins and some information about Go Red for Women. It’s a new way to tell them I love them and get them access to good information—all kidding aside. For now, I’m headed out for a walk in Balboa Park. I’ll be the one in the fleece jacket—red, of course.

Learn more about Go Red for Women and help your family and friends become aware of the number one health threat to women and men.

The content provided in this blog consists of the opinions and ideas of the author alone and should be used for informational purposes only. Mission Federal Credit Union disclaims any liability for decisions you make based on the information provided. References to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name in this article by Mission Federal Credit Union is for the information and convenience of its readers and does not constitute endorsement, control or warranty by Mission Federal Credit Union.

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