Are you paying attention to your heart health? February is American Heart Month. I can't believe the month is almost over. I've been trying to wear the color red a lot lately. Since red is my favorite color, it hasn't been that hard to do. :)
I think many women still don't realize that heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
I have many friends who've been impacted by breast cancer. And being a woman I can understand why there's so much publicity to raise awareness for breast cancer. I applaud those efforts. But I also think that we can't ignore heart disease. It's no longer a men's disease. The risk for women begins to rise from the ages of 40-60. Uh oh, that includes me!
I've been participating in a private Facebook group called At Home with Kim: Weigh-In Wednesdays. It has become such a wonderful source of recipes, challenges and group encouragement for many of us who are trying to lose a few pounds.
It's interesting to me that most younger women are more concerned with losing weight than with avoiding a disease like heart disease. But if it hasn't impacted you personally, it's easy to think it will never happen.
When I worked as a nurse in a cardiology practice, I conducted a survey of heart patients. I asked them what they were most afraid of. Was it another heart attack or maybe dying?
The overwhelming response from heart patients was that they were afraid of losing their independence.
They wanted to continue to do the things they enjoy and not have to become dependent on others. I get that. After all, I witnessed many who survived a heart attack and ended up becoming dependent.
So for all of you younger women out there who are simply trying to lose weight. Listen up! It's time to start those healthy habits now while you're younger.
Here's a bit of advice:
- Establish healthy habits for life
- Be a good example for your children
- Walk your talk
- Regular exercise can become a part of family life
- Eating healthy will benefit the entire family
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers helpful resources on their website. You can access information about heart disease, cholesterol, high blood pressure and stroke. They also offer heart healthy recipes.
I'm linking up with Kim of At Home with Kim for Weigh-In Wednesday.
Blessings and love,