Today marks the national day to wear red and promote women’s heart health. I have been participating for years but have a unique twist. I wear red or a heart EVERY day in
February to signify my commitment. The little red dress pin is a great conversation starter especially after Feb 5th.
In addition to wearing red or hearts every day in February, I commit to daily exercise of at least 20 minutes and to change one habit that contributes to my health.
Check out the website for this new program, Go Red BetterU, a FREE 12-week online nutrition and fitness program that can makeover your heart. Each week will focus on a different area and provide step-by-step guidance. You’ll have access to everything from daily expert tips and an online journal to a downloadable BetterMe coaching tool.
In 63 percent of the women who die suddenly from a heart attack, there are no other symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to be proactive — to find out how healthy your hearts is and take steps to improve the condition of your body.
Five factors that you can control to improve your health.
- Quit smoking
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Lower your high blood cholesterol
- Reduce your risk for diabetes
- Lose weight if you are overweight or obese
- Increase physical activity
While we can’t change our heredity we can make changes in lifestyle and diet to reduce our risk factors. Make simple changes like parking farther from the store. Wear a pedometer and measure how much you actually walk. 10,000 steps per day is considered ideal.
- Heart healthy recipes
- Shop for Go Red items – for a gal who’s favorite color is red, this is a dangerous place!
- American Heart Assocation website
- Heart Attack, Stroke and Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs
- Become a Facebook fan
See you on the trails!