Feel Good Friday: 6 Ways to Go Red for Women

Today is Go Red for Women/National Wear Red Day, part of the American Heart Association’s campaign to create awareness around and help prevent heart disease in women.

Did you know …

  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, more than all forms of cancer?
  • Heart disease kills approximately 450,000 women per year, which equates to about 1 per minute
  • 90% of women have at least 1 risk factor for developing heart disease
  • The cost is HIGH – $165.4 billion spent annually (cost is for men and women)
  • Heart disease is largely preventable?

How to know if you’re at risk.
Risk factors that cannot be changed…

  • Increasing age
  • Sex – men are more likely than women to have a heart attack
  • Heredity (including race)

Risk factors you can control…

  • Smoking
  • Inactivity
  • High Blood pressure/cholesterol
  • Overweight

In addition high levels of stress and consuming excessive alcoholic beverages also contribute to heart disease.  Click here for more information from the AHA about risk factors.

Not sure how to Go Red today?  Below are 7 ways to get you started.

Speak Up! A big part of the Go Red Campaign is speaking up. You must speak up about your health, you must take responsibility to make change.   Start by talking about it!  Find out your family history, talk to your doctor, and  find out how to take preventative measures.

Wear Red. Consider wearing red today – shoes, shirt, scarf, coat – will help show your support, though it may be silent, of Go Red for Women.

Take a walk.  Get some exercise – because by now I hope you know cardiovascular activity is great for your heart!

Eat for your heart. Your diet has a lot to do with heart health.  From the amount of fat to sodium levels in certain foods.  Beans, fruits and vegetables are great heart healthy foods.  How can you eat for your heart today?

Relax! Yes, even taking a break is good for the heart.  If stress is high your heart rate may elevate, your blood pressure may elevate.  Give yourself a break – breathe deeply, practice yoga, read a book – do something relaxing for  few minutes, and give your heart a break, too.

Hug someone you love. Nothing beats the human touch to relieve stress, feel connected (spiritual heart health at its finest!) and supported.  Go ahead, put down your computer/hand held device, and give someone you care about a hug.

Will you speak up and Go Red for Women?  Not only today, but all year long.

Today I’m wearing red and heading to the casting calls of my local AHA chapter to tryout for 2010 – 2011 group of spokeswomen. How will you go red today?

Other bloggers speaking up

Joanna at Fitness and Spice
Carla at MizFitOnline
Dinneen at EatWithoutGuilt

In cases you missed it,  see how I’m speaking up by clicking here to view the video PSA I filmed with the MA chapter of the American Heart Association.  Click here to see video.

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  • http://evolvingbeings.com Evita

    Hi Stacey

    Excellent points and again thank you for bringing attention to this cause in such an easy and practical way.

    Everyday we make choices that either increase or decrease our risk. No matter if it is the breakfast we choose, or how close of a parking spot we get to our destination, or what thoughts we choose to hold about those around us. All of these things matter and count where our heart health is concerned.

  • http://theboldlife.com Tess The Bold Life

    I’m so happy I made changes in my early 30’s with my diet and exercise. I wake up daily without an ache or pain and continue to make healthy choices.

  • http://allaboutjoy.typepad.com Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord

    From a spiritual perspective, since everything is energy, it would seem that the more we love and the more we really come from a heart-centered place in everything we do, the stronger our hearts will become. (Meaning, the less heart disease we’ll see.)

    Please keep spreading this message. It’s an important one!

  • http://www.workhappynow.com Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    Wow. I did not know that heart disease was the #1 killer of woman. I didn’t get a chance to read this until today. I’m wearing a read shirt tomorrow.

    We have to make changes to our diets, mental outlook, and taking time for physical activity. Our hearts need love too.

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