People across the country are wearing red on Friday to raise awareness for the fight against heart disease.  

National Wear Red Day kicks off American Heart Month. February was designated as American Heart Month in the 1960s, when more than half of all deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular diseases. Today, that number has fallen to around 30 percent, but cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer in the U.S. for both men and women. More than 800,000 people die from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular disease each year.  But 80% of cardiovascular diseases are preventable through healthy habits like improving diet and exercising.

In Northeast Wisconsin, you can support the fight for heart health by wearing red today, and sharing a picture of you, your family, friends, or colleagues going red on social media, with the hashtags #WearRedDay, #WIHearts, and #GBGoesRed,

You can also head to our Facebook page WFRV Channel 5 and post your pictures there.