It’s a big day – Go Red For Women. Yearly, we take the first Friday in February to raise awareness about heart disease. You might be wondering why the color red. First, it is the color of the most important organ in our bodies, the heart. Second, red gets people’s attention. The American Heart Association wanted to draw attention to this deadly disease that kills 1 in 3 women every 80 seconds. Um yeah, puts it all in perspective right? Since this campaign began over 10 years ago, the mortality rate has decreased by more than 30 percent. That is the direct result of women becoming more educated about heart disease. Not sure how to mitigate your chances of heart disease? The AHA put together this easy chart using the acronym for GO RED. Take a peek…
You can tack this chart up on the refrigerator or at your desk as a reminder that just a few simple changes in behavior is all you need to reduce your chances of developing this illness. Remember earlier in the week we talked about being consistent? Pick one item from the list and do it on a consistent basis, i.e. check your numbers (weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol) each quarter with your doctor. Work your way down the list until you are consistent in all these areas. It is so appropriate that this campaign is observed in February, the love month. As women, we take time to love on everybody else and sometimes have nothing left for ourselves. We have to love and care for ourselves mind, body, and spirit. So ladies, join me and millions of other women by rocking your red today and to show your support. And, you can also drop some cute coins here for this worthy cause.
Are you wearing red today?
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