I received a mailer from the American Heart Association and I figured I share it with you. February 1, 2008 is National Wear Red Day and the AHA wants everyone to go RED in ones own fashion.
Here’s the excerpt from the mailer:
GO RED – LOVE YOUR HEART. Heart disease is the # 1 killer of women, so make your promise to be heart healthy. Support the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement and wear red. Know your risk for heart disease and take the first step toward a healthy heart.
It’s not hard to reduce your risk for heart disease. Start today with small, simple actions like these:
- Celebrate with a check-up. Let each birthday remind you that it’s time for your yearly checkup.
- Get up off the couch. Step, march or jog in place for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
- Quit smoking in four steps. Can’t go cold turkey? Cut the number of cigarettes you smoke each day in half; then cut that number in half; cut in half again; finally cut down to zero.
- Drop a few pounds.
- Become a salt detective. Aim for a total intake of no more than 2,300 milligrams per day.
Reduction of salt intake is probably the hardest for me to do. I really don’t use salt too much but the other seasonings and ingredients I use when I prepare and cook food is also loaded with sodium.
To learn more about heart disease in women visit: www.goredforwomen.org.