Love the color red? Here’s a good reason to wear it today!
February is American Heart Month and the American Heart Association the American Heart Association has ramped up its Go Red for Women campaign in an effort to halt the No. 1 killer in America: heart disease. Today is National Wear Red Day, which means you can wear a red shirt, dress, tie, or other items, and send the message that you support efforts to reduce the number of lives taken by heart disease. The Red Dress, the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, was created by The Heart Truth in 2002 to deliver an wakeup call to American women.
The American Heart Association is trying to raise the funds needed for lifesaving educational programs and the development of new treatments to fight heart disease. Visit their Web site to see how you can help. For free information and resources to help you and your community celebrate National Wear Red Day, visit the National Wear Red Day toolkit on the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Web site.
There are simple things you can do to reduce your risk for heart disease.
genConnect health expert Judy Weitzman dishes on some of the best foods you can eat to maintain good health and a healthy heart, which include: lean protein, produce, dairy, dark chocolate, grains, certain oils and fats, and nuts. She also offers ways on how to go about ordering food from a restaurant and how you can prepare foods in ways that are most beneficial to your ticker.
“By eating healthy and exercising you can minimize your risk for heart disease. Other ways to minimize your risk is by meditating and doing yoga, which helps lessen the stress in your life. However, the best way to a healthier heart is eating the right foods and limiting or avoiding others,” Weitzman says.
So don your red attire and tell the world today that you want to help fight heart disease in women!
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