Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe)
RED SNEAKERS FOR NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY
HOW I WENT RED FOR HEART DISEASE
Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day! How will you Go Red?
On Thursday, February 5, 2015, I opened my e-mail and saw the above title.
It took me back to a feature article in Sunday’s paper: Go Red again calls attention to heart disease. The photos accompanying the article featured red clothing that could be worn on February 6, National Wear Red Day, also known as Go Red for Women day.
My husband Monte saw the article first. He pointed out a picture of basic red sneakers selling for $55. He did this because I had recently taken my granddaughter out to purchasesneakers needed for her school classes—it was a Christmas present. I had noticed how expensive some sneakers are, and thought of the articles I’d read where fights broke out—even robberies and stabbings-over customers purchasing some brand of sneakers.
On February 3 the weather was nice after a spell of cold precipitous spell of perhaps a week—I wasn’t paying too much attention because I was deep into writing and cleaning, which is how I spend the stretches of winter where I don’t want to venture outside. Actually, I welcome those days, because they give me the excuse to stay inside. And this year I’ve committed to spend 3 hours a day between January 15 and March 15 working on completing the first draft of my novel. I’m hoping to finish the first draft in that time, and will spend some wretched days plowing through the tough spots.
But I digress.
On Tuesday my husband Monte asked me if I wanted to go out for a spell after my indoor hiatus. He suggested we start the day by having breakfast wherever I wanted—I picked the local diner in the Diamond in Ligonier—and then we could browse some stores and he could go grocery shopping. I suggested we stop at K-Mart for a few minutes.
Lo and behold, I discovered a shoe sale. Not just any shoes caught my eye. There was a rack of red sneakers marked down to $7.99. I felt sufficiently perverse that I purchased a pair.
I hadn’t expected to be out on Friday but my friend called and asked me if I wanted to go out somewhere to write.
Naturally, I opted to wear red. I’m aware that symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and these symptoms are often misunderstood. I also am aware that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women—more deadly than all forms of cancer, combined. I know that more research on heart disease is necessary, especially heart disease in women.
So, to answer the question Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day! How will you Go Red?
First, today I gathered red slacks, a red tam, and my long-sleeved red Cornell shirt. FYI, I am not a graduate of Cornell University, but I am a graduate of the Cornell School of Hard Knocks, being a Cornell descendent and having been a Cornell before marriage.
I cut the tags off my new red sneakers and slipped them over my socks, which had red hearts on them.
I must mention that one of the few people I met today commented on my red outfit, providing me the opportunity to explain a little about heart disease—and that Red is the color of power, passion, energy — of love…So, it’s fitting to use this color to get a message across about the heart.
Second, I snapped a few selfies, one of which I will post on the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women website.
Third, I’m writing this post—which, perhaps, someone will read and by doing so become more aware of heart disease in themselves, or in someone they love. And perhaps someone will make the necessary lifestyle changes that help prevent a heart attack.
Perhaps I myself will be inspired to make those changes, too.
Fourth, I’ll reference the article 2013 National Wear Red Day®: Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
I plan on keeping my red sneakers in good condition so I can wear them every year on Go Red for Women day
NOTE: The letters in Go Red stand for:
- Get your numbers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
- Own your lifestyle by stopping smoking, losing weight, becoming physically active and eating healthy.
- Raise your voice by advocating for more women-related research and education.
- Educate your family by making healthy food choices and teaching children the importance of being active.
- Donate as a way of showing support.