We’ve Got Heart
Tomorrow, February 3rd, is National Wear Red Day to promote awareness of Heart Disease in women. Heart disease is the number one killer for women in the United States – claiming the lives of more women yearly than all cancers combined, according to the American Heart Association.
While the risk does grow with age, women are at risk starting as early as their 20s. It is so important to be aware of factors and start living a heart healthy life style early. Contributing risk factors of heart disease are stress, weight and eating habits. Women should get their cholesterol levels, blood pressure and triglycerides levels tested annually; especially since symptoms of heart disease are much more subtle in women than in men.
In our attempt to empower women, Same Sky wants to provide you with a few simple ways you can prevent heart disease and stop this trend:
Eating habits. Be aware of heart healthy ingredients. Stay clear of foods high in sodium and increase fresh fruits and veggies, fiber and good fats like omega 3 fatty acids found in nuts and some fish. Many people think that heart healthy food means sacrificing taste but that doesn’t have to be the case. Check out the Food Network for delicious recipes by Bobby Flay, Alton Brown and Rachel Ray.
Get moving. It is recommended that women exercise several times per week. Walking is a great way to keep your heart pumping normally. Crave something a little more high-paced; try a dance class or kickboxing. A little over and hour of vigorous exercise or 2.5 hours of light exercise weekly will greatly reduce risk of heart disease.
Raise awareness. Same Sky is inviting you to wear red and a Same Sky bracelet to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Check out goredforwomen.org for events near you.
If you are not already thinking about your heart, let this Heart Disease Awareness Month be your kick-start to a heart healthy lifestyle.
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