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Friday, January 23, 2009

Gearing up to Go Red February 6th

As someone who has been very personally affected by heart disease, I do my best to live a heart healthy lifestyle and be an advocate for the American Heart Association and its programs. Are you familiar with the Go Red for Women campaign? It’s a great program designed to help inform and empower women to live heart healthy lifestyles, know their risk factors, and understand the symptoms of a heart attack.

Here are some simple steps to love your heart, courtesy of the AHA:

Use as many calories as you take in. Interested in some calculators for determining how many calories certain activities burn, or how many calories you need a day? I love the Self Magazine site calculators here. The site also has great information on nutrition, healthy recipes and exercises. If you’re looking for some motivation to get in shape, the Self Challenge is a great program.

Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. Need a refresher course on the food groups? The USDA my pyramid site is a wonderful resource for all ages. I love being able to double check that Sweetpea is getting a good, balanced diet.

Eat less nutrient poor foods. Looking for a way to indulge your sweet tooth but still eat healthy? The Eat Better America site has a wonderful resource for “healthified” versions of traditional treats.

Want to learn more about heart health, risk factors, and symptoms of heart diseases? Check out the AHA website and the women’s site, Go Red For Women. I hope you’ll mark your on February 6th to wear red – let’s show our support and help spread the word!

Information is power, and we owe it to ourselves and our families to take good care of ourselves! What heart healthy activities do you incorporate into your life? Are you heart smart? I’d love to hear from you!

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61 comments:

Mel said...

Heart disease is something that women don't focus on and we should..heart healthy is good...thanks for the spotlight.

Jen said...

Great post! This is a topic that I personally feel very strongly about since my mom had a heart attack at age 49 - scary! I will definitely be wearing red, and I love your idea about doing a post on the topic as well.

American in Norway said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing the links!

greedygrace said...

Great suggestions!

LORI said...

THANKS FOR THE INFO., NOW I TRULY HAVE NO EXCUSE! TIME TO BE PROACTIVE!

Tranquility said...

Thank you for the info. I wasn't aware of the Go Red Campaign for this month, but now I plan to look into it further.

Being Me said...

Thanks for the links :) With one baby so far in our history who had a congenital heart defect (whereby we were told her genes, from her Dad and me, were the culprits), I'm all super-sensitive about "heart-related" things and wonder when mine might give out....

Good timing for a heads-up for my own heart health. Thank you.

mommytoalot said...

Great tips//
I am checking out some of the links
thanks.

annie kelleher said...

wonderful suggestions!! stop over my blog for my series "eating the angel way" for even more great ideas on how to eat healthy!!!

Laurel said...

A good word. Many thanks! My Feb 6th is wrapping up ... but maybe I can wear red tomorrow:)?

Astrid said...

Excellent post! I'm going to wear red today!

I really need to check out the site you posted about healthy foods (especially since I have a sweet tooth!).

sandy said...

Great post! Thank you so much for being so informative!

Joy said...

My diet is not the greatest but I have lost 40 lbs. in the last year and a half or so and am working on the "last" 20. I imagine that has put me in a better position healthwise.

Thanks for spotlighting women and heart disease today!

HeatherY said...

Stopping by from SITS! Love all of the information in this post. I've really been trying to get myself back on a healthier track diet wise. Balance is so important when it comes to your diet and your health! Great post!

Monica said...

Great information! Thank you for posting!

Complicated Mama said...

Great Post! Great Info!

TGIF Sitsta :)

Staci said...

Great Post!
Stopping by from SITS

Erika said...

Thanks for the great info!

Jeanne said...

Good info -- thank you!

jewelstreet said...

Great links! I love the Eat Better America site, and Self is awesome!

I've been working very hard lately to eat better, burn more calories, and make sure the kiddo is getting lots of fruit and veggies.

Kristin said...

Thanks for posting about this. Heart disease has killed so many in my family and yet it is a topic we don't know enough about.

Visiting from SITS.

Mom on the Rise said...

Thanks for all of the tips. Saying hello from SITS.

mommy4life said...

Thanks for the tips!

Beth said...

Thanks for the tips. I'm always looking for more healthy ways to feed/take care of my family.

Stesha said...

Thanks for the info, most women don't think about heart disease for themselves. They think about their husbands.

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

countryfriedmama said...

Thanks for the tips. Happy SITS day.

Angela said...

Thanks for all of this information. Excellant!!!!

{Katie Lane} said...

Thanks for the info!

Pamela said...

Great info, thanks we all need to take precautions
Happy SITS day!

Sara said...

Thanks for sharing this!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Visiting from SITS. Thanks for helping to spread the word about heart disease.

Michelle said...

Stopping by from SITS, great post today, now off to check out some of the links you provided. Hope you have a great day, and an equally great weekend.

L said...

Thank you for the great tips and links. Heart disease has also impacted my family.

Visiting from SITS.

Island Girl said...

I love those calculators as well! Great post!

Honey Mommy said...

Thanks for all the info. Go Red is a great campaign!

Rachael said...

just stopping by from sits. wow, what a great list of tips and links, i cannot wait to check them out. i am definitely not always heart smart, what a great push to become more focused on that!

Sarah said...

Great post - thanks!

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Great tips and links. Thanks for sharing!

Xazmin said...

This is something I have always been concerned about as I have hight cholesterol, and it runs in my family. Thanks for the information.

Girly Do's said...

Sweet- I am going to go check out those calculators, but before I loose your page I thought I had better send you some SITS-ta love! Very nice post! Love the tips and links! Thank you!!!

Amber said...

Awesome! Thanks for the info!

Reeni♥ said...

Came over from SITS. Thanks for all the great information.

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Great info to remember. Thanks!

Amanda said...

Great post. Those are some good tips and links!

Michaela said...

Stopping by from SITS - Great info!!

Vickie said...

Visiting thru SITS! Thank you for posting about Go Red. Even though I should be eating better, I don't. Thanks for the reminder.

Have a great weekend.

Andrea said...

Great tips! Thanks!

lynn said...

Stopping by from SITS. Thanks for the great tips about staying heart healthy!

Michelle said...

Oh, I love some of those tips on the nutritional side. That's the part that is so easy to ignore when you have a craving for something. Thanks!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Fabulous tips Steph!!!!

Leslie said...

Thanks for all the great information!

- Leslie, a SITSta

rightonmom said...

Practical thoughtful advice. I try to be heart smart, have cut way back on red meat (I love a good steak!) and upped veggies. Thank you for the great suggestions.
Came here via sits, look forward to reading more posts.

Christine said...

Great post! Thanks...love your blog

Tiffany said...

Thanks for the info and reminders to take care of ourselves!

momma said...

visiting from sits.

thanks for the information!

littleeverydaythings said...

Great reminders, thanks for the info and encouragment.

dddiva said...

Great informative post- thanks for sharing the links.

Kelli said...

SITS mom here. Thanks for all of the awesome links. I was looking for the food pyramid chart just the other day! I also love the self magazine calculator!

Procrastinator Crafter said...

Great post. For some odd reason I still feel like I can eat like I am 15!! I really need to be more aware of what I eat and how much I exercise! I will also be wearing red next Friday!!

Megan said...

Dropping by from SITS. Congrats on being Featured! Thanks for the tips! =D

Lisa M said...

Stopping by from SITS. Thanks for the post and the links! I love the calculator, it will help me a lot in deciding the best ways to use my time to burn calories and how much I'm burning!