I’m wearing red today. Are you?
Ladies, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S. That means that mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts — every day women are dying at the rate of almost one per minute. Show your support for the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red. It’s an easy, powerful way to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Here are a few tips from the AHA about how to get heart healthy right now:
Lighten up. Shedding a few of those pesky extra pounds gives your heart a break.
Be fat savvy. Choose a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. Choose lean meats and low-fat or non-fat dairy to help cut these numbers down. The best methods for cooking low-fat are broiling, grilling, sauteing (with broth or light oil) and baking.
Pass the salt. Don’t jump to the shaker too quickly. Taste your food before you think it might need extra salt. Also look for reduced-salt and no-salt added products.
See a rainbow. A variety of fresh fruits and veggies should be on your plate every day. Eat the colors of the rainbow to guarantee a wide assortment of vitamins and minerals.
Go fishing. Salmon, trout and herring are loaded with the amazing Omega-3 fatty acids that do wonders for your heart health. Add these kinds of fish to your menu twice a week.
Be nutty. Walnuts and almonds have shown to help improve heart health, so snack away!
Read (and understand) labels. Being informed about what you’re eating is important for your health. Don’t just read labels. Understand them. Here’s a great link to the FDA’s shakedown of the label breakdown. After all, you are what you eat.
Eat more fiber. Fiber is great for the heart, waist line, and reducing your risks of certain cancers. Look for it in fresh fruits and veggies (like broccoli and kale), beans, oatmeal and barley. Choose whole-grains, whole-wheat bread options as often as you can.
Get Moving. Take the stairs, park far away from the mall, walk the dog. Bottom line–be active. It’s recommended that you be physically active at a moderate level for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week. If you’re busy, break it up into three 10-minute intervals throughout the day.
Be a Lady in Red today. Show your heart love every day.