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It’s time to put your hearts into it and Go Red For Women®

Posted by Alexandra Radel

Feb 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

125753977.jpgNational Wear Red Day–the first Friday each February–is the day to show your support for women and the importance of heart disease awareness by wearing red on Feb. 5.

Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year–more than all cancers combined. Go Red For Women® motivates women to make healthy lifestyle changes and get their communities involved to help save lives. Women can help change this statistic, because 200,000 heart disease deaths are preventable with proper education and lifestyle changes.

Heart disease prevention checklist

There are steps you can take to reduce your risk for heart disease. Review some of the tips below to put you on a heart-healthy path.

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet

Cook up recipes low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and limit your salt and sugar intake. Try adding foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, “good fats,” to your weekly menu, such as fish.

  • Don’t smoke

If you don’t smoke, then great! If you do, know that research has shown that quitting smoking reduces your heart disease risk. Talk with your doctor about programs and products that can help you quit smoking.

  • Exercise

We all know that consistent exercise keeps us healthy, but it also reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and increases HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”).

  • Talk to your doctor

Working with your doctor is an important part of maintaining and improving your heart health. Talk with your doctor about your personal risks, family history, and cholesterol level.

We encourage you to wear red, know your cardiovascular risk, get involved, and take action to live longer, healthier lives.

Topics: Wellness, Individuals & Families, women's health