Heart disease is the # 1 cause of death among women. It affects more women than breast cancer or any of the other top 7 killers combined.
Friday, February 2 is the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign to raise awareness because there are some factors you can control in order to prevent heart disease.
Only 13% of women feel heart disease is a threat. One in 2.6 female deaths are from cardiovascular disease, compared with one in 30 from breast cancer.
Some factors you can control are:
- Physical inactivity – lack of physical activity can lead to coronary heart disease;
- High blood pressure – this can increase your change of stroke or heart attack;
- Smoking – if you smoke you increase your chance of developing coronary heart disease two to four times;
- Obesity – if you have excess weight, especially in the waist area you’re more likely to develop heart disease or stroke.
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In addition to those factors you can control, Macy’s is sponsoring this campaign by giving away a free red dress pin to anyone who supports the movement.
Celestial Seasoning is also going red. Vanilla Rose Decaf and Black Cherry Pomegranate use heart healthy ingredients. “A group of studies suggest that those who drink two to three cups of either green or black tea daily are 56% more likely than non-drinkers to survive a heart attack.” A portion of these specially marked, red dress tea boxes will go towards other organizations helping to support women and healthy hearts.
8th Continent Soymilk is doing their part too. With the inception of red dress on containers in November 2005 over $150,000 has been given to WomenHeart.
Are YOU going RED?
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