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national wear red day

Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day.

Wear RED, post RED, eat RED, drink RED.
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Wear Red Day is a day to make an important promise to yourself—the promise to love your heart by doing everything you can to reduce your risk factors.

Tips for Heart Health

*Don't smoke, and if you do, quit. Women who smoke are two to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than non-smoking women. Smoking also boosts the risk of stroke and cancer.

*Aim for a healthy weight. It's important for a long, vigorous life. Overweight and obesity cause many preventable deaths.

*Get moving. Make a commitment to be more physically active. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, preferably all, days of the week.

*Eat for heart health. Choose a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol, and moderate in total fat.

*Know your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL, triglycerides), and blood glucose. Work with your doctor to improve any numbers that are not normal.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

*High blood pressure
*High blood cholesterol
*Diabetes
*Smoking
*Being overweight
*Being physically inactive
*Having a family history of early heart disease
*Age (55 or older for women)

Comments (12)

Thanks girasoli. I did not realize it is tomorrow already. I shall wear and think red.

sandrac:

Thanks for this, Girasoli. Very good reminders.

Perhaps tomorrow I'll post a photo of my red winter coats (one short, one long.)

menehune:

LOL-I read this quickly and without my glasses and I thought it said "na'tl underwear day"

It is a serious issue - especially for women to watch their health and risk factors! It's great to be alive - let's all stay that way..

Barb Cabot:

I'll wear red. Thanks for the heads up.

Palma:

I'll be wearing red tomorrow too. I need to change everything on that list, but at least today's grocery shopping was ALL heart healthy food!

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe:

Great Post!
I'll pull out the red tomorrow... and red is not my color :-)

I blogged about this campaign too! I’m under the care of a cardiologist because of the high risk factor. My cholesterol is good but my family history is not plus I'm turning 56 in a few weeks. I'll be wearing red tomorrow; I will eat beets and tomatoes and drink red wine.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Girsoli, I had not heard of National Red day! Sounds like great tips for us all. I'll definitely wear red and drive my red car to work tomorrow!

Thanks so much for sharing these tips! Have a great evening Girasoli!

Eden:

Will be wearing red tomorrow.

One of my parents (a physician) did a "Healthy Heart" presentation in my classroom today. I am mad at myself for forgetting to take pictures.

Good post girasoli! Women's heart health is interesting because the signs can be so different - my aunt had a heart attack in the fall but her awful doctor dismissed it as pneumonia! She finally had surgery this week! We are so used to hearing about the typical male signs of heart disease or heart attach, not realizing that women's symptoms can be so different.

Anne:

Grrr, I forgot to wear red :( And I don't even think I ate anything red...oh but I am married to a RED-headed husband, and have a RED-headed daughter, does that count?! lol

I am very grateful for this campaign of heart awareness for women and for all that are supporting the campaign by wearing red. My hope is that it will raise heart disease awareness. I went to Macy's on Friday wearing my red. It was overwhelming seeing so many women wearing red. Macy's has a sale all weekend - wear red and get 20% off. When they announced the sale over the loudspeaker, I suddenly became very emotional thinking about my mom. I heard my name being called a few minutes later and it was one of my little cutie students with his mom. It was a nice diversion to get me out of that emotional moment.

menehune, that is funny! I wonder if there is a national underwear day.

Palma, it's a good start :)

Maria, glad you are under a doctor's care and because of your high risk factors.

Eden, I hate when I forget to take photos of an interesting event. It is definitely frustrating.

Chiocciola, I was oblivious also until my mom died suddenly of a heart attack in February 2000. I think we all thought of heart attacks as something that mainly happened to men.

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