Go Red for Heart Health

Lacey Renteria. Photo by Scott Holstein.
Go Red for Heart Health

By Ashley Kahn

There’s something about a lady in red. She turns heads. She knows her rights. She celebrates life.

This February, break out that red dress. There’s a new reason to don your favorite shade of ruby, cherry or maroon … and it has nothing to do with Cupid.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America, claiming more than 460,000 lives – that’s one per minute – each year. The organization launched the “Go Red For Women” campaign in 2004 with a mission to create awareness of risk, improve women’s heart health and save lives.

Regional Director Jessica Davis encourages women to “get involved in the cause, as we need to band together to wipe out heart disease.”

Support the movement by celebrating National Wear Red Day this February 6. Wear a red garment, the American Heart Association’s signature red dress pin, or choose head-to-toe red like our model, Lacey Renteria.

Lacey enjoys a glass of heart-healthy red wine at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. She’s the picture of health in a red dress by Taylor  ($182, Today’s) and Kristin Davis slingback heels in Ruby ($79, Belk at Destin Commons). She carries a red embossed clutch ($24, The Village Boutique) and wears a sparkling red necklace ($75, Today’s). A sassy, scarlet jacket ($358, The Village Boutique) completes the look.

Celebrate life at the American Heart Association’s 25th Anniversary Heart Ball on Feb. 6 (see events, p. 41) To order a free pin or take the online “Go Red Heart CheckUp” (a 10-year, personal heart disease risk assessment), visit goredforwomen.org.