>> Friday, February 11, 2011
Many thanks to Sahar at Fatfighter TV for inviting me to be a part of Blog Your Heart Out. This is a cause that is close to Sahar's heart. Please take the time to read Sahar's post for today - I miss you, mommy.
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US? It's a statistic that I've heard before, but it always catches me a bit by surprise. Heart disease is stereotypically associated with men, but it's as big a problem - maybe bigger because the awareness still isn't there - for women. The American Heart Association started the program Go Red for Women in 2004 to raise awareness that heart disease is a killer for women too.
How can you be an advocate for change? Whether you're a man or a woman, the initial steps are the same, and if you're at this blog, it's likely that you're already starting to think about the food you eat - a big first step! The American Heart Association has lots of great looking heart-healthy recipes on their website. As a side note, the first recipe book that I remember actually spending money on was the American Heart Association Cookbook way back in the early '90s, long before I was really thinking about what foods I put into my body. Healthy food is still tasty food, folks!
Exercise regularly - even if all you can fit in is a walk around the block or set of jumping jacks in your cubicle - do what you can! Regular checkups and blood screenings can help alert you to problems early. Many communities - mine included - offer a complete blood screening at a manageable, reduced price at certain times of the year. Take advantage of this service if it's available! Find out what your cholesterol is and take steps to get it to an acceptable level. If you have high blood pressure or almost high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about how to manage it. Take control of your health before it takes control of you!
Go Red for Women! Become a member of the AHA's Go Read for Women campaign and take advantage of all they have to offer. Membership is free, and members receive a newsletter, a red dress pin, a 12-week BetterU nutrition and fitness program makeover, an online heart checkup, and the chance to share your own story with others.