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Mayor Jim Strickland proclaims first Friday of February as National Wear Red Day in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The City of Memphis took part in National Wear Red Day Friday, which spreads awareness for heart disease and stroke am...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The City of Memphis took part in National Wear Red Day Friday, which spreads awareness for heart disease and stroke among women.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland proclaimed this first Friday of February as National Wear Red Day in the city.

The American Heart Association says heart disease is the numberone leading cause of death in women. One in three women will die from heartdisease. That’s nearly one woman a minute, according to the AHA.

Tennessee is in the top 10-percent of the states with high heartdisease rates.

“We know that our wives, our mothers, they’re soimportant to the general well-being of our families. We put so much pressure onour women to take care of us in many ways. I know that happens in my household.So, it’s important that the women share with all of the facts of how to keepthemselves and their families healthy,” says Trey Moore, Executive Director ofthe American Heart Association Mid-South.

Along with this show of support, buildings andlandmarks across the city are lighting up red, including at Graceland and the LibertyBowl.