Put your red and help fight heart disease in women
Posted on Feb 23, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera
I know my blogs are focused on children's nutrition and health but today I want to take a moment to focus on moms. Couple of weeks ago, millions of Americans wore red in recognition of the great risk women face, dying from heart disease. Here is some scary facts:
- about ten times as many women die of heart disease than breast cancer every year
- 90% of primary care doctors still don't know that heart attacks kill more women than men
Healthy Monday organization and the American Heart Association are asking everyone to wear red every Monday. By wearing red every Monday we can all work together to raise awareness against this deadly disease and the need for heart disease prevention.
"Go Red for Women is about getting vital information into every community and every home," says Michael Weamer, Executive Vice President for the American Heart Association's Founders Affiliate. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, far greater than all forms of cancer combined, but women aren't taking action to protect their hearts because they just aren't aware of the risks.
We, women, need to realize the importance of a healthy heart for the whole family. Many of the habits that will help keep your heart healthy are also the very habits you want to teach your children.Hard to believe, isn't it?
Today is Monday, put your favorite RED on.