compiled by Angelina Christopher from the Go Red For Women web site
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, 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.
Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.
In 2010, the American Heart Association set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20% while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020. Here are a few things you can do to help increase awareness and support the movement!
Each year on the first Friday in February, thousands of hospitals, small businesses, multinational corporations, news broadcasters, schools, and individuals “Go Red” to help raise crucial awareness and significant funds in the fight against heart disease in women. This year, make it your mission to save lives. Celebrating National Wear Red Day is easy! Simply wear red on Friday, February 3, 2017 to show your support, or take it a step further and organize an event at your workplace, school, or local organization. You can find ideas to help you plan your own event, download free posters, flyers, and newsletters to share with friends and family, and educate yourself and others about heart disease by visiting www.goredforwomen.org.
Also, mark your calendars for the Annual Permian Basin Go Red for Women Luncheon to be held at Odessa Country Club on May 3, 2017. For information on becoming an event sponsor, purse donor, or attendee, please contact Christina Ashing at 432–349-0397 or visit our website www.permianbasingored.org.
Heart Healthy Quick Tips
- Think lifestyle, not diet. It’s the small choices you make each day that make a huge difference.
- Use the nutrition facts panel and ingredients list when choosing foods to buy.
- Make a plan. Plan your meals, your grocery list, your snacks, and your physical activity.
- Check food labels for number of servings per container.
- Help someone develop healthy habits. It will motivate you to stick to your plans, and you’ll feel good too.
- Write down your eating and physical activity habits to help you track your challenges and successes.