Today is the annual Wear Red for Women to emphasize the need for women’s heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of women over twenty. Th go red campaign celebrates women’s health and seeks to create an awareness of this largely preventable disease.
So, ladies find some red in your closet and wear it proudly today. Actually I commit to wearing red or hearts every day in February and exercising daily. I must confess that red is my favorite color and it is not a hardship to wear something red each day for an entire month!
According to the AMerican Heart Society who sponsors the Go Red day “about 48% of women have a total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL and above, which puts them at risk for heart disease”.
Know your risk
Your total Cholesterol Level should be less than 200.
Desirable Less than 200
Borderline High 200 to 239
High 240 and above
About 39 million women age 20 and older have high blood pressure. 22% of people with high blood pressure don’t know they have it.
Normal Blood Pressure Below 120/80
Hypertension 140/90 or higher
Other risk factors are lack of activity, smoking and family history of diabetes.
Choose to take ACTION and Lower Your Risk