While we are nearing the end of the month, I couldn’t let this opportunity pass to mention that this is American Heart Month. It’s likely that you or someone you know is dealing with heart disease. Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women and kills more women than all cancers combined? I found this out first-hand when a lovely lady who used to do my taxes, dropped dead suddenly from a heart attack. It was quite a shock, and got me wondering about heart disease, and what we can do to fight it.
Luckily for us, the American Heart Association has created a website just for women. It’s called Go Red for Women, http://www.goredforwomen.org/, and it’s packed full of useful information. On the first page, there is a short quiz which asks your age (decade only!) and what you want to know about heart disease. Then it creates an action plan. I’ll give you my own example: I am a woman over 60, and I want to live healthy. I clicked “I want to go Red”, and then it came up with my action plan:
1)Eat this, not that, healthy food options
2 Get your heart score
3)Good nutrition-Defense against heart disease
4)5 ways to navigate fast food menus like a pro
5)7 Resolutions to improve heart health in 2013
Each of those topics lead to links that give you strategies, recipes, and so much more. There are so many things you can do, like quitting smoking, that can make a difference in your heart health. I found this so useful that I have created a shortcut on my desktop so that I can quickly access the information this site contains.
Women do so much for their families and others, so February is a good time to pause and think about taking care of yourself. I have a long ways to go to live more heart healthy. However, awareness and supportive information is a good start. Join me in Going Red for Women!