February 4 is GO RED Day – A special day to promote awareness of the importance of good heart health for women.
Some statistics*on women’s heart health
- Only 13% of women view heart disease as a health threat, even though it’s women’s No. 1 killer.
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills over 480,000 women a year, about one per minute.
- One in three adult females and males in the United States suffers from a form of CVD.
- CVD claims more lives than the next four most common causes of death combined.
- On average, an American dies of CVD every 35 seconds.
- Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 single killer of women over age 25.
- 64% of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
- One in 2.6 female deaths are from CVD, compared with one in 30 from breast cancer.
- Heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are two to three times higher than in pre-menopausal women of the same age.
- Stroke is the #3 cause of death for American women, and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
- Stroke kills more women than men. In 2003, females represented 61% of stroke deaths.
Today is my personal pledge day
- I pledge to eat 3+ servings of vegetables every day.
- I pledge to eat at least 2 servings of fruit every day.
- I pledge to keep my food diary updated daily for 60 days.
- I pledge to add calisthenics to my morning routine at least four times a week.
- I pledge to find the time to swim 10+ laps at least 2X weekly.
- I pledge to lose 10% of my current body weight by April 1.
Do you have a pledge to promote a heart healthy lifestyle?
What have I done ……………………………
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