The #1 Killer of American Women Has US Seeing RED
Do you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death among American women?
Did you know that one of every three American women will develop heart disease or that heart disease claims the lives of more women than all cancers combined?
Did you also know most heart disease can be prevented and reversed by lifestyle change?
It doesn’t have to be this way!
Friday, February 1, 2013, the American Heart Association celebrates the 10th anniversary of its grassroots campaign, National Wear RED Day which was founded to raise awareness of this critical health care issue. In 2004, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women - a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.
Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, including:
- 21% fewer women dying from heart disease
- 23% more women aware that it's their No. 1 health threat
- Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
- Legislation to help end gender disparities
Advances in medicine and research into effective lifestyle intervention have provided clear solutions to the problem of heart disease among women. So what can you do to reduce your risk?
- Manage a Healthy Weight
- Eat a Healthy Diet
- Reduce Cholesterol
- Lower High Blood Pressure
- Be Physically Active
- Control Diabetes
- Limit Alcohol
- Reduce Stress
- Quit Smoking
Joining an HMR Program is one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk. The top seven of nine of the above listed changes are addressed directly through our lifestyle intervention. (And once you start eating well, losing weight and exercising you might feel less stressed, less anxious or depressed - if you smoke, it may be easier to quit when you are working on getting healthier in other ways, too!)
If you are already enrolled in HMR, congratulations on taking a big step toward reducing your risk for heart disease. If not - it’s easier than ever to get started with HMR. Check out our in-clinic, by phone, and at home options.
Get informed about the GO RED for WOMEN campaign here: http://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday/index.html
Now is the perfect time to talk with your friends and family about ways to change your lifestyle. Get together with your coworkers and wear RED together on Friday, Feb 1st, and help raise awareness!
About the Author
Alison came to HMR as a Health Educator in 2005. Since then, she's worked in Sales, Legal, Marketing, & IT. Some say she’s worn many hats, but she’s better known at the office for her shoe collection! Her love of shoes is surpassed by her passion for health & she feels fortunate to have found a home at HMR.
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