Friday, February 5: Wear Red, Talk Red
Get out that red sweater, skirt or pin and wear it today, National Wear Red Day, to remind everyone that 1 in 4 women dies of heart disease. Then go a step further: Tell three women in your life to talk to their doctors about their blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index (BMI) numbers. Pick up the phone, e-mail, text—do whatever you know will get their attention, so they'll have a better understanding of their own risk of heart disease.
Friday, February 12: Move More
Plan a Valentine's night out dancing with your sweetie or the girls. Or have your own living room dance party. Exercise is key to staying at a healthy weight—just 15 minutes can burn 100 calories and lower your risk of heart disease. Music is a great motivator, so crank up heart-thumping songs like "Heartbreaker" (Pat Benatar), "Hungry Heart" (Bruce Springsteen) and "Don't Phunk with My Heart" (Black Eyed Peas).
Friday, February 19: Eat for your heart
Resolve to eat one heart-healthy food today and every day: Choose salmon over steak, or a baked sweet potato instead of French fries. As it turns out, many heart-healthy foods are red, including apples, tomatoes, beets, red peppers, pomegranates and red wine (in moderation).
Friday, February 26: Set a Heart Health Goal
On this last Friday of the month, pinpoint one specific, achievable goal: Schedule an appointment with your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol. Commit to walking three times a week. Eat more high-fiber foods, including oatmeal, whole grains and beans. Quit smoking. Remember, even small changes can make a big difference. Taking action now can mean a longer, healthier life for you and those you love. (To learn more, visit )
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