Wear red for women on Feb. 7

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.

Approximately one woman dies of heart disease every minute and yet only one out of every five women believes heart disease is their biggest threat.

Since 2004, the American Heart Association has been promoting its Go Red for Women project, designed to give power to women to take charge of their own heart health, making women aware of the things they can do to stay healthy and take action. National Wear Red Day takes place on Friday, Feb. 7.

According to goredforwomen.org, women can be heart healthy at any age from their 20s, 30s and beyond. Many risk factors that can lead to heart disease can be controlled, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, diabetes, stress, use of certain birth control pills and use of alcohol and other drugs. Age, gender, heredity and race are not controllable risk factors.

Some simple steps individuals can take to help reduce the risk are:

  • Know family history of heart disease (heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.)
  • Visit a doctor for a yearly physical.
  • Stay active — if time is limited, try exercising in 10-minute time frames, three times a day.
  • Eat healthy — choosemyplate.gov is a website with helpful information.
  • Keep your stress level down — perhaps try a Yoga class or taking 20 minutes of quiet time.
  • Get plenty of sleep — adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
  • Drink water in place of sugary and caffeinated drinks.
  • Don’t smoke and if you do smoke, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for information on how to quit.

Women should try to implement one or two of these simple steps listed above. It’s never too late to make a change. Healthy lifestyle changes made today will provide benefits tomorrow and into the future.

For more information on living heart healthy, visit goredforwomen.org or cmdhd.org.

Remember to wear red on Friday, Feb. 7.