February is here. For the shortest month of the year, there is a lot packed into February. Of course, Valentine's Day on the 14th comes to mind first. And then there is President's Day, which we love not least for the three day weekend it's observance provides us.
But did you know (I didn't) that February is Women's Health Month? It's fitting, as the word February comes from the Roman festival of purification, called Februa.
In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association introduced an initiative to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
Many of us still mistakenly believe that men are at a higher risk of heart disease than women. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.
Go Red For Women was formed to empower women to take charge of their health. To help educate women and to dispel myths, the red dress was adopted as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.
National Wear Red Day, observed on the first Friday of February, was created to assist in meeting this goal.
Red is a color that connotes power, strength, passion and warmth. And of course, it is the color of our hearts. At least in February.
So throw on something red and make sure to take good care of yourself, body, mind and soul, this February and for all the months to come.