February is American Heart Month sponsored by The American Heart Association. It is no surprise that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. What may surprise a few, is that it’s the number one killer in women, claiming nearly 500,000 lives. Most people believed that it affects more men so many women did not pay much attention to the disease. National Wear Red Day was started to raise awareness about heart disease being the number one killer of women. Tomorrow will mark 15 years since the 1st National Wear Red Day was observed. National Wear Red Day is held on the first Friday in February.
Since raising awareness many women have been making changes in their lives to be more heart conscience. Some of the strides they’ve made have included losing weight, increasing their exercise, making a healthy behavior change and checking cholesterol levels. Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day, and deaths in women have decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years! Even though all of this progress has been made, 1 in 3 women still die of heart disease and stroke each year.
So what can you do besides wear RED tomorrow? Know your heart healthy numbers.
- Risk factors you can* and cannot control
- High blood pressure*
- Lack of regular activity*
- Know your numbers
- Total cholesterol
- HDL cholesterol
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar
- Body Mass Index
- Take Action
- Manage blood pressure
- Control cholesterol
- Reduce blood sugar
- Get active
- Eat better
- Lose weight
- Stop smoking
If you would like to find out more information on each of the areas above, you can visit GoRedforWomen.org On their site you can take a risk factors quiz and learn more about the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke.
I hope to see lots of RED tomorrow.
Author: Amanda Bohlen, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Washington County, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewer: Misty Harmon, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Perry County, email@example.com