Hey there RYPEness,
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? I read a statistic that said 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease. That fact sounds S-C-A-R-Y! That means, when I stand in my close circle of friends, one of us will die from heart disease…unacceptable. So I am starting a crusade with them…and YOU…to make sure that doesn’t happen. There are definitely some things that you can’t help as it pertains to your risk: family history being the main one. But I believe that this spike in the percentage of women dying from heart disease is directly related to our inability to take our healthy well-being seriously. As mothers, wives, girlfriends, office managers, CEO’s….whatever….it is our nature to want to take care of everyone and everything else FIRST. And as loving and giving and sweet as that sounds, you cannot continue to be “all that” to the peeps in your life if you are now suffering from heart disease related complications.
This month is American Heart Month. Why not use this as your start date to begin taking your healthy well-being more seriously? There are five things that you can do to prevent heart disease, and not one is even remotely difficult to do:
- NO SMOKING TOBACCO!! I mean, aside from it killing you on so many levels, its really not cute. And it makes your breath stink.
- Exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week. So you are telling me that you can’t make it a priority to set aside 30 minutes to dedicate to yourself and your health? I think you can! And you should…little Johnny and cute Jane will definitely understand!
- Eat a heart healthy diet. There are foods out here that promote healthy hearts. Salmon, oatmeal, almonds, RED WINE. HA! There are so many ways to make sure you are getting these foods into your diet, and they are easy and not time consuming.
- Maintain a healthy weight. If you implement steps 1-3, this is a no brainer. Know what I’m sayin?
- Get regular health screenings. I think that African American women are doing a better job of getting annual check ups. So we need to keep this upward trend going, because early detection of any issue is always best.
It’s just that simple y’all.
One of my dear friends is a heart disease survivor (and an ambassador for the American Heart Association), so this topic is something that is near and dear to my heart. Heart disease cannot be taken lightly, and neither can the statistics regarding women and the disease. So tomorrow, start your morning with a heart-healthy meal (we know breakfast is our most important meal!). To help you out, here is a really quick and simple recipe that will leave your heart smiling and your belly full: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/scrumptious-scramble-recipe.html
HEART yourselves ladies! It’s too critical not to.
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