February marks American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association (AHA) is highlighting Go Red For Women - an initiative designed to empower women of all ages to take charge of their heart health.
According to the AHA, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, and 80 percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented if they make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.
Merck is a proud national sponsor of Go Red For Women and has partnered with AHA over the past 5 years to help raise awareness of women's risk of heart disease and provide information for improving cardiovascular health.
To date, Merck has committed more than $6 million and helped deliver more than 5 million Go Red For Women educational pieces to women and their doctors. On Friday, Feb. 3, Merck colleagues in the U.S. celebrate National Wear Red Day, demonstrating a personalized statement of solidarity and commitment to ending heart disease. As part of this national sponsorship, we support a series of luncheons hosted across the U.S. designed to raise awareness.
The AHA launched Go Red For Women in February 2004 to elevate the cause of heart disease among women. Since then, Go Red For Women has grown into a movement of millions united under the symbol of the color red and the red dress.