Did you wear red on February 7th? If yes, you were part of a national movement to bring awareness to heart disease being the number one killer of women… yes, heart disease, not breast cancer or car accidents.
For years, there was a perception that heart disease was an “old man’s disease.” Well, it sure isn’t anymore. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 43 million U.S. women are affected by heart disease. It is the cause of 1 in 3 deaths, killing one woman approximately every minute… think about that!
The truth is, many things can put you at risk for heart disease. Some of them you cannot control, but there are many that you can- and one of them is your weight! As your weight increases, so does the risk for heart disease. Maintaining a healthy diet and an active lifestyle are two important steps that all women can take to achieve a healthy weight and a healthy heart.
Studies have shown that by making some of these healthier choices, women can lower their chances of developing heart disease:
Making these lifestyle changes can be tough. Try taking a one-day-at-a time approach – join The Heart Truth campaign’s 28 day challenge on Facebook for a simple daily challenge. Be sure you let us know how you do- it sure looks fun!