‘Go Red for Women’ Marks 10 Years of Fighting Heart Disease February 4, 2015
Happy 10th anniversary to “Go Red for Women”!
It has been 10 years since the American Heart Association launched the “Go Red” initiative to raise heart disease awareness. Heart disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, but great strides have been made in the past decade.
- 90 percent of participants have made healthy lifestyle changes
- 60 percent have improved their diets
- 50 percent have begun exercising
- 43 percent have their cholesterol checked regularly
- 30 percent have decreased body weight
- 18 percent reduced cholesterol level
- 15 percent have reduced smoking
The most important statistic: Heart disease-related deaths have dropped 34 percent, saving 627,000 lives.
Clearly, we’ve made significant strides, but more progress is necessary. If you haven’t already, get your annual physical, improve your diet and start exercising (keep it simple to increase your likelihood of success).
For more specifics on how to make positive change for a healthy heart, refer to the American Heart Association and the “Go Red BetterU” 12-week program.
Don’t forget to Go Red on Friday, February 6th to show your support!