Did You Notice a lot of Women Wearing Red February 6th?

If you noticed that the color red was prevalent February 6th, it wasn’t because Valentine’s Day was near. The American Heart Association launched the Go Red for Women campaign in 2003 to help raise awareness and raise money to combat this issue. Now, on the first Friday of February, women wear red dresses as a symbol to the fight against heart disease in women. American Heart Month is all about raising awareness for heart disease because heart disease is the number one killer in America with one in three women who have died did so from heart attacks and strokes.

There has been tremendous progress and success since the first National Wear Red day. The movement has changed the lives of women across the country through education, research, and everyday lifestyle changes. Here are the statistics that the American Heart Association has reported as a result of the Go Red for Women campaign:

  • About 90% of women have made at least one healthy lifestyle change
  • More than one-third have lost weight
  • More than 50% have increased the amount of exercise they do
  • 6 out of 10 have changed their diets
  • More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels
  • About one-third have talked to their doctors about heart health plans
  • Nearly 300 fewer women die of heart disease each day
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30% over the last decade

While these statistics are encouraging, there is still more that can be done. Prevention has always been the best cure for heart disease, and about 80% of cardiac events can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes. The Go Red for Women campaign has been and will continue to be an important player in the fight against heart disease in women.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

Jodi and her husband enjoy landscaping, finding new restaurants and traveling whenever life gives them the opportunity.

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