This morning I went to the Today show in support of National Wear Red Day® with members of the NAPW NYC Chapter. Today women wore red to support and help bring awareness in the fight against heart disease for women. I also had the opportunity to meet Star Jones, a National Spokeswoman for NAPW and National Volunteer for the American Heart Association. Star Jones was a victim of heart disease and required open-heart surgery to save her life. This is something I’m sure she did not expect to happen to her.
As a woman and Health Coach, I’m a big supporter of this initiative as too many women are dying from a disease we have the most control of. We need to reverse this trend by paying better attention to our health.
Most people think of heart disease as a man’s disease but the below statistics show differently:
- One in three women die of cardiovascular disease
- Heart disease is the single most preventable cause of death
- Heart disease kills more women each year than all other causes of death combined including all forms of cancer, including breast cancer and colon cancer.
- Approximately two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and White women in the United States.
Ladies it’s time to wake up and realize this is extremely serious and it’s time we do something about it. This should not be something we only think about in February, instead it should be daily. We need to eat healthier, get moving, reduce alcohol use and stress. Get to the doctor for your yearly check ups and know your numbers. Personally, I always ask for a copy of my test results and you should too. I’ll be honest here, in the past when I was overweight I’d ignore certain results as I would convince myself it wasn’t that serious. In hindsight, if I knew what I know now I would have made a greater effort to make certain lifestyle changes. Please take charge of your health and make an effort to do better because lets face it we all know better.
So I ask, what you are going to differently today to reduce these stats in the future?
For more information about Go Red For Women check it out here: http://www.goredforwomen.org
Vanessa Cunningham is a health & lifestyle coach and dynamic speaker based in New York City. She mentors women and children in how to move from “I can’t” to a place of enthusiastic action so they can become healthier, more confident and able to take charge of their health and wellness. Trained in over 100 dietary theories, Vanessa creates customized plans for all her clients that are fun, sustainable and empower them to meet their goals.
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