Wear Red Tomorrow to Raise Awareness for Women's Heart Health
Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness on women's heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and it disproportionally kills more women than men. A few of the editors at BlogHer threw on some of our favourite red things and listed out ways that we're taking care of our hearts this February. We'd love for you to join along. Just (1) post a picture of yourself wearing something red on your blog or your favourite social media site, (2) say a few words about what you do to protect your heart health, and (3) come here and leave a link to the post in the comment section.
So here's what we're doing for heart health -- what about you?
And don't forget to wear red tomorrow!
Feminista, who blogs at Feminista Jones, says: "Heart disease is the number one killer of Black women, and I lost my own grandmother to the disease. I also lost my mother when she was too young, so now I focus a lot more on my own health in ways I didn't before. We can't take life for granted. A strong heart, mind, and body are the best tools I have in being the best mother I can be. I want to live a long time and be there for my son as long as possible."
Grace, who blogs at HapaMama, says, "I like to take a daily walk at lunchtime. Not only is it exercise, but being outdoors lowers stress and helps me reset my mind — all good for the heart!"
Jenna, @FireMom on Twitter, says, "Since October 2012, I have worked to get back to the healthiest version of me. I lost 33 pounds, eat a wide range of healthy foods, drink lots of water, regularly run four times per week, and have completed two half marathons along with a number of shorter races."
Melissa at Stirrup Queens, says, "Stress affects the heart, and multitasking women are often under a lot of stress trying to get too much done. I've been taking better care to get into bed earlier at night as well as take breaks throughout the day to use a meditation app. I've also been doing a half hour of yoga every morning."
Rita from Surrender Dorothy tells us that her "emphasis as I turn forty this year is on maintenance of my body. I believe exercise and mindful stress-reduction strategies are the best things I can do to keep myself healthy, mentally and physically. I meditate for a few minutes when I wake up and while my daughter is calming down for bed, and I run or lift weights 4-5 times a week."
So go put on some red, snap a picture, and tell us what you're doing for your heart.