American Heart Month is the entire month of February but Friday, February 7th is a particularly important part of this special month as it pertains to women and heart disease. It’s National Wear Red Day, in which wearing red can help raise awareness about heart initiatives for women.
First, the hard and serious fact:
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, taking the lives of more women than all forms of cancer combined. One in three women will die from heart disease every year – and more than one in three are living with some form of cardiovascular disease right now.
Still, going red isn’t merely about wearing red on February 7th. It’s about the specific steps women can and should take to minimize their risk of heart disease.
Here’s how you can educate and support the women in your company about what going “Red for Women” really means. It just may save a life – or several in the process. Go beyond awareness. Follow these steps to Go Red For Women and take action to show you care about every woman’s heart health.
Get Your Numbers
Don’t put off a visit to your physician to get your last vitals associated with your cholesterol, blood pressure and other conditions that can influence your heart.
Own Your Lifestyle
Diet and exercise have to be inserted into your life, no matter what kind of hectic schedule you keep. In fact, because you’re running around and constantly on the go, the toll it can take on your heart over time will only become more of a pressing matter if you don’t plan your meals with sensible eating and exercising (which should a form of fitness you actually enjoy so you keep up with it, not something you dread and quickly put off).
If you’ve been a smoker, consider this your wake-up call too. Take back your life by committing to making a change to quit smoking that would be permanently transformative for the better.
Realize Your Risk
You have a one in three chance of having heart disease. If it’s not you, then someone you love will surely have it. That kind of risk isn’t going away. So it’s time to face it head-on with necessary lifestyle changes.
Educate Your Family
The battle to prevent heart disease isn’t yours alone. Your spouse, partner and children represent your support system at home that need to be “all in” for your plan to make healthier meals and exercise – not just for yourself but for everyone under your roof.
Don’t Be Silent
When women come together for a common cause and raise our voices to call attention to the issues we believe in, we’re unstoppable. Let’s leverage that power to educate each other on heart disease and the threat it poses.
Awareness and getting proactive about your choices in life couldn’t be more critical, but the threat to the heart health of women is still prevalent. So what can we do as we’re working hard to minimize the risk to a woman’s heart health? We can be proactive. And that starts with getting trained on how to operate an AED and perform CPR in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. How many women in your circle are sufficiently trained on these life-saving skills? Don’t wonder and wait. Take action today by contacting SOS Technologies for a training session right on site at your workplace. One of our safety consultants can come into your environment in a matter of only a few hours, you’ll have what it takes to be aware of the dangers to heart health – and better yet, do something about it when every second counts. Call SOS to schedule this visit today at 888.705.6100.