Go Red – Feb 3

Posted on January 30th, 2012, by iMinerva

Go Red for A Healthy Heart

February 3rd was  National Wear Red Day” and women everywhere – throughout the month – will be wearing red dresses, scarves, shoes, or bikinis as a reminder to all that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women.

Women are always caregivers, but sometimes we need to be reminded to take care of ourselves. 

The heartless truth is that one in four American women dies of heart disease.  Things like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and family history are the primary risk factors.  But smoking, stress, weight issues, and sedentary lifestyles are also contributors to risk.  It seems that risk of heart disease begins to increase for women ages 40 to 60.

Look around at your gal pals (remember the statistic: 1 in 4) and be a good friend.  Share The Heart Truth, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, with all of your friends and pledge to encourage each other to get heart healthy this year.  Pledge to do four things:

1.) Eat right

2.) Stay physically active

3.) Maintain a healthy weight

4.)Don’t smoke

 Now that’s truly a heartfelt gal pal activity.  Red has always been my favorite color.

The entire month of February is American Heart Month.  Visit The Heart Truth Facebook site for inspiration. 

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