The symbol of National Wear Red Day, designed to increase awareness of heart disease among women, is a red dress! The goal is to get more women taking action by talking to their doctor about their risks for heart disease and making lifestyle changes to reduce those risks.
Why am I talking about this today? Because my dad died suddenly of a heart attack under the age of 50. That's a huge risk factor for me, increasing my risk of heart disease by 136%. So when my first cholesterol test measured 200 and my doctor started talking about ways to bring that down, I paid attention. At that time, pre-kids, I was a couch potato and a junk food junkie. I was heavier than I should be and incredibly out of shape.
After the birth of my first baby I hit the gym hard. Pregnancy and child birth were actually good for me, kick starting my weight loss and giving me the drive to work out. My cholesterol dropped like a rock, as did my blood pressure and resting heart rate. I've been able to maintain that low cholesterol even when I'm not eating well through my active lifestyle. I get a full physical with bloodwork almost annually, because I am ever conscious of my family health history.
So today I'm joining in with my red dress, made by Liz Claiborne. And I thought I'd shop around and find a few others that I love, in case you were inclined to find one for yourself!
Here's a cute and affordable one I found at Target for $39.99.
And here's another I found at Nordstrom by Ralph Lauren. They have several great styles I like from both Ralph Lauren and JS Boutique.
And just to present some beautiful options for curvier women, here's a stunning red dress I saw at Nordstrom by Calvin Klein.
So I hope you'll take this Fashion Friday post to heart and after you pick out your red dress, go talk to your doctor about your heart health! Now hop on over and check out some other Fashion Friday posts!