Short Video for Go Red For Women and Blog Your Heart Out Day.

February 22, 2013.  It’s Blog Your Heart Out Day. Who else is blogging about the number one killer of women — heart disease?

I created a two and a half minute video for the Blog Your Heart Out sweepstakes.  I hope you will share the video on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or where ever it is that you hang out socially so that your friends and family will see some of the statistics about women and cardiovascular disease.

There are ways to reduce your risk of heart disease as shown in the video.  The best news is, it’s never too late to start.  Begin making some some small, but significant changes in your diet and physical activity patterns today, and reap the rewards of those changes tomorrow and for years to come.

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Blog Your Heart Out Day: February 22, 2013

Blog Your Heart Out BadgeGo Red For Women!  Join the American Heart Association and Fitlosophy, Inc., on February 22, 2013 for the third annual Blog Your Heart Out Day!

Fitlosophy, Inc. and the AHA encourage bloggers around the globe to raise awareness about the number one killer of women — heart disease.

As a blogger here’s what you can do:

  • invite readers to join the Go Red For Women movement online at Goredforwomen.org.  Please use this link so Fitlosophy and the AHA can track their success: http://www.getfitbook.com/v/vspfiles/BYHO/redirect.htm.
  • Download the Blog Your Heart out badge at the Fitlosophy web site and put it in your sidebar to draw even more attention to the Go Red For Women movement.  Once the badge is on your site, make sure you link the badge to: http://www.getfitbook.com/v/vspfiles/BYHO/redirect.htm.
  • Educate your audience on ways they can recognize the symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks. Provide facts about what they can do each day in their own lives to prevent heart disease.
  • Blog about how your life or someone you know has been impacted by heart disease.

Then, on February 25th email BYHO@getfitbook.com the following:

  • the link to your Blog Your Heart Out Day blog post
  • the number of hits on your blog on February 22 or the number of average readers per day

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American Heart Association Celebrates 10 Years Of Going Red For Women

This year the American Heart Association celebrates 10 years of going red for women. The annual Go Red For Women events raise awareness around heart disease – the number one cause of death in women.

10 Years Of Fighting Heart Disease In Women.

Did you know?

  • Heart disease is the number one killer of women.
  • More women die from heart disease than the next three causes of death combined.
  • Most women (64%) who die suddenly from heart disease had no symptoms.
  • Hispanic women are at greater risk for heart disease. In fact they develop the disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics.
  • African American women are at two times greater risk of developing heart disease than Caucasian.
    •     Source – American Heart Association

Making healthy choices – eating nutritious foods, cutting out saturated and trans fats, and getting plenty of physical activity – will help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Just A Little Heart Attack

Last year The American Heart Association created a video, Just A Little Heart Attack, with Emmy nominated actress Elizabeth Banks.  The video uses humor to tell the story of how one woman tried to ignore the symptoms while she was having a heart attack.  According to the American Heart Association, symptoms in women are:

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

To watch Just A Little Heart Attack, click here.

Blog Your Heart Out BadgeBlog Your Heart Out Day:  February 22, 2013

Fitlosophy joins the American Heart Association on Friday, February 22, 2013 for the 3rd annual Blog Your Heart Out Day.  Fitlosophy asks bloggers to post an article about heart disease and encourage their readers to join the go red for women movement.

All participating bloggers will be entered into a drawing to win a fitbook and a red food scale to give away on their site.  Be sure and mention the Blog Your Heart Out initiative and add the BLHO button to your sidebar.  For more details about Blog Your Heart Out Day click check out the Fitlosophy web site.

To learn more about how you can get your co-workers, schools, and community involved in raising awareness for the number one killer of women www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.

It’s Just A Little Heart Attack.

Go Red For WomenGo Red For Women events are sweeping the nation this month spreading the word about heart disease and attempting to do away with the myth that it’s a man’s disease.

Did you know?

  • Heart disease is the number one killer of women.
  • More women die from heart disease than the next three causes of death combined.
  • Most women (64%) who die suddenly from heart disease had no symptoms.
  • Hispanic women are at greater risk for heart disease.  In fact they develop the disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics.  African American women are at two times greater risk of developing heart disease than Caucasian.
  • Making healthy choices – eating nutritious foods, cutting out saturated and trans fats, and getting plenty of physical activity – will help reduce the risk of heart disease.

What’s It Like To Have A Little Heart Attack?

Heart disease is often called the silent killer.  Women may not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack because they are different than men’s.  In fact, women often miss them completely or brush them off as other ailments.

I attended a Go Red For Women luncheon on Friday and we watched Just a Little Heart Attack starring Elizabeth Banks of The Forty Year Old Virgin, and 30 Rock fame.  Elizabeth directed Just A Little Heart Attack for The American Heart Association. Thanks to Elizabeth the film takes a funny approach to a serious issue and accomplishes its mission of being an attention grabber. Elizabeth did a great job! The audience I was with thought it was funny and effective.  Check it out!

Heart-Healthy Cookbook! - The other highlight of the luncheon was getting a copy of Recipes of the Heart cookbook published by the AHA.  Tonight I made the Pumpkin Custard that we were served at the Go Red event.  It’s fabulous.  Check out the recipe here. There are tons of delicious looking heart healthy recipes in the book. I promise to try them all and will share.

Learn more about heart disease and prevention at the American Heart Association web site.