Not Just For Seniors: Heart Health Month, Go Red!
By Rhonda Kay Leonard
Chances are you know someone with heart disease. The Oregon Health Authority reports that heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Oregon. That’s the bad news. The good news is that many of the risk factors of heart disease are controllable. The American Heart Association encourages us, “you are never too young–or too old–to take care of your heart.” Protective factors include healthy weight, healthy blood pressure, and healthy cholesterol levels. Avoiding cigarette smoke and being physically active are also protective factors.
Too many women in the past have thought of heart disease as a man’s disease, but that simply isn’t true. In an effort to make women aware of their heart health, the American Heart Association encourages us to “Go Red” on Friday, February 3rd. Wear the color red to encourage your female friends and family members to visit their doctors for a well-woman visit.
Go Red” is an acronym for:
- G: Get your numbers. Know your blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.
- O: Own your lifestyle. Exercise, eat right, and don’t smoke.
- R: Raise your voice. Advocate for more women-related research.
- E: Educate your family. Teach children and grandchildren to exercise and eat right.
- D: Donate. Your time and financial donation help save lives.
February isn’t just about Valentines Day; it’s also about protecting our hearts for many Valentines Days yet to come!
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