What if I told you that heart disease kills more women than the next four causes of death, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?
What if I told you heart disease takes the life of one woman every minute, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?
What if I told you that 1 in 3 women die every year from heart disease compared to 1 in 30 who die from breast cancer, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?
What If I told you 90 percent of us have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?
What if I told you 80% of cardiac events in women may be prevented, would that encourage you to change your lifestyle?
While these statistics provided by the American Heart Association are quite alarming, they are a reminder of the changes we can all make to reverse or at least slow down the progression of heart disease. Hope is not loss. And this is where the Go Red for Women campaign comes into play. The Go Red for Women campaign was designed to help educate women of the importance in making lifestyle changes now so that they may deter the staggering effects of heart disease later in life.
This Friday, February 4th is National Wear Red Day which encourages women, men and children to wear red to help raise awareness to this number one killer of women. And in doing so, you may inspire your mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and friends of the necessity to change the path we, as women, are on. This is no longer a journey to fit in a smaller size, but a journey for many women to embrace living a life of health, especially as we grow older.
When women take control of their health, like participating in programs like the Go Red program, they literally change their lives. According to the American Heart Association's Go Red research, women who participated in Go Red made amazing health transformations when they adopted healthy lifestyle choices. Not only did one-third of these women lose weight, but nearly half of them increased their exercise. Six out of 10 women changed their diets, while 40% of them made monitoring cholesterol levels a priority. These small, yet powerful changes these women made had a huge impact on their heart health.
So tomorrow don something red and let's all help raise awareness to this number one killer of women. If we can all encourage and support one another, maybe just maybe, future generations will no longer be fighting this battle.
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Do you plan on wearing red tomorrow to help raise awareness and inspire action to this disease?
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