Subtitle: This is an easy one, People. Join in. Wear red. Maybe win. What’s not to love?
The entire concept of Go Red For Women celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women (& the men who love us!) to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.
Cardiovascular disease kills approximately 450,000 women each year.
A number which equates to approximately one woman every minute.
(I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in. I write about the Go Red! movement every year and yet the number never ceases to stun me.)
Ready for a few more statistics?
· While 1 in 30 American women die of breast cancer, about 1 in 3 die from cardiovascular disease.
· More women die of cardiovascular disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
· Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
· Only 1 in 5 women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
· Heart disease is largely preventable. In fact, 80 percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented if women make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.
At first glance the statistics can be a little daunting, but there are a few simple steps you (ok, you AND I) can take starting today to help prevent cardiovascular disease.
- Talk to yer mama. If your mother had heart disease before the age of 62 your risk of heart disease doubles. This isnt cause for alarm—-merely information which might cause your doctor to decided to screen your blood pressure and cholesterol much more closely/yearly.
- Make new friends & keep the old. A University of Chicago study recently showed that lonely people had had blood pressure levels from 10 to THIRTY points higher than those who socialized regularly (wanna be my friend?!).
- Be *D*lightful. Women with deficiencies in vitamin D in 20s, 30s or 40s are THREE TIMES more likely to develop high blood pressure later in life (when compared to those with normal vitamin D levels). A quick blood test can let you know your vitamin D levels & these levels can be raised through consuming fish, daily products, & through sunshine.
- Interval train! Studies show 20-25 minutes of interval training can be just as effective as an HOUR of moderate intensity cardio (*cue confetti shaped like little hearts!*). Less time working out with the same benefit? Im in!
- Om. Om. Om. Adding yoga into your workout routine can help your heart as well as strengthen your inner peace. People who practice yoga regularly have steadier heart rates—which means a stronger heart—than those who do not practice yoga regularly.
And speaking of yoga…
I have FOUR red yoga mats to giveaway thanks to the American Heart Association & Go Red For Women (no, you need not be a woman to win. you simply need to KNOW a woman & encourage her to be heart healthy).
You can be entered to win for the lowlow price of a comment below.
On anything HEART HEALTH or RED related.
Have a heart healthy tip for all of us?
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