Think only guys need to worry about heart disease? Think again! Heart disease impacts both men and women. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer among females – accountable for 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s why the American Heart Association (AHA) started its Go Red for Women initiative – to raise awareness about heart disease in women, as well as educate women about risk factors and preventative steps they can take.
Friday, February 3 is National Wear Red Day. You can show your support for the cause by dressing in red, and encouraging others to wear red as well. If you’d like to take it a step further, consider fundraising as an individual or group – it’s easy to set up an account here.
What can you do to protect yourself and loved ones against heart disease? Start by visiting your physician for a check up and learning about your numbers for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI). Then, take control of your health with Life’s Simple 7 from the AHA:
- Reduce Blood Sugar. Almost 10% of the US adult population has been diagnosed with diabetes. Reduce sugar intake to avoid becoming a statistic.
- Control Cholesterol. More than 40% of US adults have a blood cholesterol level above 200 mg/dL. Be aware of saturated fat and cholesterol from animal sources in your diet.
- Manage Blood Pressure. Around a third of US adults have high blood pressure. Reducing sodium intake can help.
- Stop Smoking. Enough said!
- Get Moving. Regular exercise can help reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Lose Weight. Extra weight means an extra burden on your heart. Shed those pounds and reap the cardiovascular health benefits.
- Eat Right. Fresh fruits and vegetables, appropriate portions of fish and lean meats, and beans and whole grains are key to a heart-healthy diet.
Show your support for women’s heart health awareness by wearing red this Friday, but don’t stop there. Learn more about a heart-healthy lifestyle from reputable sources, and encourage family and friends to get a checkup.
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