Don’t forget to wear red tomorrow, Feb. 6! It’s the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women day, to raise awareness about the importance of heart health for women.
The American Heart Association’s goal is to reduce coronary heart disease and stroke risk by at least 25% by 2010.
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, so here are some things you can do to reduce your risk:
- Eat a heart-healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, unrefined whole grains, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week. Avoid nutrient-poor foods like fatty meats, partially hydrogenated oils, added sugars and salt.
- Don’t smoke and avoid being around smoke. (I’m so thankful the city I just moved to has NO SMOKING in bars.)
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Stay active! Regular exercise is one of the most important things to keep your heart healthy.
- Encourage those around you to live a healthier lifestyle, especially children. Establishing a healthy lifestyle early on will greatly reduce their heart disease risk in the future.
So pull out your favorite red tee or red sweater and wear it tomorrow!