The Importance of National Wear Red Day

National Wear Red Day is a campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in women. The national campaign urges women to learn their risk for heart disease and to take steps to lower that risk. And ASCI has a special connection to this day, in honor of Rhonda D. Wright, sister of ASCI founder Dr. Sharon McDaniel.

Rhonda’s love of family, service to others and commitment to A Second Chance, Inc., make the Rhonda D. Wright Family Center more than just a building—it is a symbol of strength and hope for the Pittsburgh community.

What increases a woman’s chance of developing heart disease?

Information provided by National Day.

  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Menopause

We can stop or change many risks by taking action to prevent heart disease.

Information provided by National Day.

  • Quit smoking. There are many tools to make quitting a success.
  • Change your lifestyle. Become more active and improve your eating habits.
  • Get routine physical exams. 

Heart disease and stroke kill one in three women. These diseases are 80 percent preventable according to Go Red for Women’s official website.


Information provided by National Day.

  • Wear red to show your support for saving women’s lives
  • Show us how you Go Red on your social media profiles using #GoRedWearRed
  • Donate to help raise funds for awareness and research.  Get your red gear at and a portion of every purchase goes back to the programming and mission of the American Heart Association.
  • Know your numbers.  Find out more about your risk factors at the American Heart Association website.
  • #GoRedGetFit – earn prizes and get healthy while fighting heart disease with the American Heart Association.  Find out more at or join the challenge on Facebook GoRedGetFit.

Visit Go Red For Women for more information.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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