1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Despite these grave statistics, too many women still don’t pay attention to their heart health, and are in the dark about their risks and the facts.

Leading the charge to end this deadly foe, once and for all, is the American Heart Association. Every February, for the last 12 years, they have sponsored National Wear Red Day® to help raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. This year’s is tomorrow Friday, February 6, 2015.

There are many ways to join the movement, to show your support for women with heart disease, and to help start a conversation with women you know about heart health. But the easiest way is to just ROCK SOME RED tomorrow!

On the chance that you don’t own a single article of red clothing, we’ve come up with 5 fun ways to “wear” red this Friday… all cheap and really easy to pull off.

1. Tie It On

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Swap your dirty, old white laces for red ones before you head to the gym or out for a run, walk or hike. What a great reminder that what you’re doing is REALLY good for your heart.

2. Paint It On


Let your fingers and toes say, “I care about women’s heart health!” But if Essie’s Long Stem Roses shade doesn’t get your heart pounding, check out all the other great reds they’ve got.

3. Hold It In Your Hand

felt-coffee-cozyMake a felt coffee/tea cozy for your morning latte and show your fellow commuters that you’re all about women’s heart health. Photo Credit: Kate Mathis

4. Style It Into Your Do

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Admittedly, this look is not for everyone, but can be rather chic if done right (look at her!). Just choose your flower and how you use it wisely… women’s heart health is a serious matter.

5. Wear It On Your Sleeve


In the ultimate display of showing the world what’s in your heart about women’s heart health, wear it on your sleeve… literally. All you need is your fave wool sweater, a simple heart stencil, and a woolfiller kit, which is used for mending holes… how symbolic!!! No sewing skills required, just a quick run to the craft store.

Thanks Grace Bonney from Design Sponge for this awesome idea… find her easy “how to” here (she made a bunch like the one in this pic while watching a movie).