February is Heart Month and British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland and Kieran McCarthy MLA are asking local people to join Wear Red Day on Friday 24 February 2012 and to follow the BEAT code for simple steps to a healthier heart.
In Heart Month, BHF Northern Ireland encourages people across the country to think about their own hearts and the hearts of those around them. Your heart charity also needs people across Northern Ireland to get involved with Wear Red Day, and raise vital funds for the charity’s life-saving work.
By wearing red like Kieran McCarthy MLA on Wear Red Day and raising money, you will help BHF Northern Ireland to save lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information.
Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I am proud to be supporting the British Heart Foundation’s “Wear Red Day” campaign. They do vital work in terms of research about heart disease, as well as helping to looking after those with heart disease.
“I would encourage everybody to get involved in this campaign by wearing a British Heart Foundation red pin throughout the year but especially on the “Wear Red Day” on the 24th February.
“It is only with the continued support of the public that the British Heart Foundation can carry out their valuable work.”
It is a common misperception that heart disease is more common in men than women when in fact it kills 1 in 3 women, as well as 1 in 3 men and kills three times more women than breast cancer. Funds raised during Heart Month can support BHF Northern Ireland to help over 75,000 people in Northern Ireland currently living with heart disease.