Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point invites the public to join them in celebrating National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3. The hospital has invited anyone coming to the hospital to WEAR RED ATTIRE. Staff, volunteers, and the public will assemble at 9:30 at entrance D of the hospital to be photographed in their red shirts. Each year Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point celebrates national Wear Red Day to call attention to the fact that women are at high risk for heart attack and stroke. Heart disease and stroke kill one in three women, yet 80% of it is preventable. In addition hospital employees will donate $5 to wear jeans on that day along with their red shirts to raise funds for the American Heart Association.

The first national Wear Red Day occurred in 2003. Since then tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. According to the national Wear Red Day website:

  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior changes
  • More than 1/3 of women have lost weight
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise
  • Six out of ten women have changed their diets
  • More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels
  • One-third of women has talked with their physicians about developing heart health plans
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die of heart disease and stroke each day
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30% over the past 10 years

But despite the progress, one in three women dies of heart disease and stroke each year.