Yes, it’s that time of the year again when we take time to honor ourselves and our health through the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. It’s a great time to remind ourselves that we need to take care of ourselves, instead of just giving selflessly to those around us, because we know that doing so will help us stay around for our loved ones longer.
Did you know that:
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
- The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
- While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
- On average, Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics.
- Only 1 in 3 Hispanic women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.
- Slow down on the sodium: Americans eat more than double the daily amount of sodium recommended by the American Heart Association. Too much sodium increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and other health problems, but this excess isn’t just from salting at the table. Americans get most of their sodium — 77 percent — from processed foods. If you choose these foods, compare the labels and look for lower-sodium versions.
- Pile on the fruits and vegetables: Choose all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Look for fruits and vegetables of many different colors. The American Heart Association has tasty recipes packed with such items as tofu, broccoli, mushrooms and much more.
- Get the skinny on fats: Learn how to substitute good fats (mono and polyunsaturated fats) for bad fats(saturated and trans fats). For example, try canola oil or olive oil instead of butter. Choose lean meats, poultry without skin and fish instead of fattier cuts of meats. Enjoy heart-healthy fats in moderation and remember this tip: 1 teaspoon equals 1 serving.
- Cook at home. Cooking at home is not only a great way to make sure the ingredients are healthy, but portions are correct. Try using a smaller salad-size plate instead of a big dinner plate, as well.
In San Antonio, the American Heart Association will also host its annual #GoRedSA Luncheon to educate the community to improve their health while raising funds to support heart disease and stroke research. They generally offer health screenings, exhibits, lunch and breakout sessions including a panel discussion of experts in women’s health and a heart-healthy cooking demo so check it out.
The main thing is to make sure you take care of yourself, educate others, and spread the word!
How will you Go Red for Women today?