This month on Fridays I invite you to wear your favorite red outfit and join me to #GoRed in support of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women heart disease awareness program! Will you join me? As part of your new healthy life after WLS take advantage of the tools offered by the American Heart Association to evaluate your health and risk factors. Start here: AHA: Know Your Numbers
This is important to us after WLS (as well as before) but even more so after undergoing major bariatric surgery on an otherwise healthy organ (stomach and intestine) to help manage obesity and the comorbidities and chronic conditions associated with it including heart disease.
Be proud of yourself! From the press release below here are a few bullet points of things that I know you have already done to improve your health! Way to go! No put on some red and celebrate your good health and ongoing pursuit of wellness!
Looks at how far we've come my WLS neighbors:
- Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
- More than one-third of women has lost weight.
- More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
- 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
The following is a press release from American Heart Association: Go Red for Women
"Ask any stylist, job coach or dating expert and they’ll tell you that red stands out. Eyes are immediately drawn to it. Some even say that the color red is a confidence booster and makes you feel powerful. Maybe that’s why we chose the color red to signify our fight against the No. 1 killer in women. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that it’s also the color of our hearts.
In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.
|Link to Know Your Numbers with AHA|
Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.
This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 3, 2017, will mark 14 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health. And looking back on all we’ve accomplished, we’ve really made tremendous strides. They include:
Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
More than one-third of women has lost weight.
More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.
But despite our progress, more work is crucial. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. But what’s more powerful? Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends making a change.
Support the cause:
Donations make a difference no matter how small or large. Go Here
More than ever, your financial contributions help save women’s lives. Funds raised by Go Red support educational programs to increase women’s awareness about their risk for heart disease and stroke as well as critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.
We deeply appreciate all of your support. We wouldn’t be where we are without you. But we have more to accomplish." Learn More: American Heart Association: Go Red for Women