Try incorporating physical activity in your routine by having a walking meeting at work, visiting a local park with family and friends, or walking to your local store for some grocery items. Visiting a local farmers market is also a great way to get ideas for incorporate fresh, local foods into your diet. Want to see more places in your community that support health? Find a local coalition, volunteer at the school, or join a walk/bike group.
Heart disease and stroke is the second-leading cause of death for Kentuckians with nearly 13,000 deaths each year. Fortunately, we can prevent these life-threatening events with education and action. Kentucky Heart Month is a time to build awareness and take control of your heart health. During the month of February, consider making time to Know Your Numbers and add physical activity and healthy foods into your daily routine.
The Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (KHDSP) Program asks everyone to join us Friday, February 3, 2017, in celebrating National Wear Red Day® to specifically acknowledge heart disease in women. KHDSP urges all Kentuckians to wear something red on February 3 to show your support for women with heart disease and stroke. All organizations are encouraged to print/post the Governor’s proclamation and share this message to encourage others to talk to their health care professional about ways to control high blood pressure.
1. Advocate for women’s health.
Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented. Take the risk factor quiz, learn more about warning signs, and talk with a health care professional about ways to manage your risk for heart disease and stroke. Encourage others to do the same by making time to Know Your Numbers.
2. Go Red Wear Red.
On National Wear Red Day®, be sure to wear something red to show your support for women with heart disease and stroke. #GoRedWearRed
3. Share your photos.
Take a selfie, organize your office to wear red, paint your neighborhood red, organize a neighborhood walk wearing red, dress your family up in red. However you Go Red, take photos and share them using the hashtag #GoRedWearRed. Change your social profile picture and show your support for National Heart Month. Let’s #GoRedWearRed together!
4. Find places that support heart health.
Try incorporating physical activity into your routine by having a walking meeting at work, visiting a local park with family and friends, or walking to your local store for some grocery items. Visiting a local farmers market is also a great way to get ideas for incorporate fresh, local foods into your diet. Want to see more places in your community that support health? Find a local coalition, volunteer with a community organization, or join a walk/bike group.
5. Join the conversation.
‘Like’ Go Red For Women on Facebook and Instagram and follow us on Twitter to get daily inspiration, photos, quotes, heart disease news, healthy living tips and more. Better yet, like and share photos with you friends or be a part of the conversation by sharing what going red means to you.
Don’t wait another second! Support Go Red For Women and get ready to celebrate National Wear Red Day®. Visit the American Heart Association’s webpage to find more information and ways you can help support the cause.
2017 February – Kentucky Heart Month Governor’s Proclamation
This post originally appeared in the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky’s blog. Please visit their website at www.fitky.org for additional information and resource that support healthier families.