GO RED for women, 2/1, are you at risk for heart disease?

Friday, Feb 2nd, is GO RED for women day, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined, are you at risk?

After the awareness, comes action!

February is American Heart Month and Friday, Feb 2nd, is GO RED  for women day.  Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. But we have the power to save lives – our own, our mother’s, daughter’s and friend’s what better time to take action to reduce your risk factors for developing heart disease.  Still not sure if you are at risk?

 Visit the website:www.goredforwomen.org  use the online risk assessment tool. 

Ready to take action?

1. Schedule an annual physical and checkups for any medical problems.

2. Know your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers.

3. With your doctor’s approval, get at least 30 minutes of moderate

    physical activity (exercise) each day.

.           Know your community resources and try a variety of activities

            Everything counts!  It doesn’t have to be 30 continuous minutes.

4. Take prescribed medications as directed.

            Ask questions about side effects and how long you will need to take.

5. If you smoke, quit now.  Seek online or community resources to help.

6. Change how and what you eat.  Use the resources above for shopping

    and cooking tips and www.eatright.org to find a Registered Dietitian.

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