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Wear Red Day is Friday, February 3

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Wear RedThink 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:

  1. Reduce Blood Sugar. Almost 10% of the US adult population has been diagnosed with diabetes. Reduce sugar intake to avoid becoming a statistic.
  2. 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.
  3. Manage Blood Pressure. Around a third of US adults have high blood pressure. Reducing sodium intake can help.
  4. Stop Smoking. Enough said!
  5. Get Moving. Regular exercise can help reduce your risk of heart disease.
  6. Lose Weight. Extra weight means an extra burden on your heart. Shed those pounds and reap the cardiovascular health benefits.
  7. 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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Resources:

https://www.goredforwomen.org

http://honor.americanheart.org/site/TR?fr_id=5042&pg=entry

https://www.goredforwomen.org/know-your-numbers/

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/-/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/What-Are-My-Risks-For-Getting-Heart-Disease-Infographic_UCM_443749_SubHomePage.jsp

http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/heart-healthy-diet-and-exercise#1

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