So, this day is kind of a big deal in the US. It’s kind of a big deal for us, as women. Did you know that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths in women, each year? That’s 33%!
Knowledge is power, ladies. Did you also know that 80% of cardiac and stroke events can actually be prevented with a little education and action?
While the day is predominantly set aside for women battling heart disease, I also want to recognize that we have babies born each year with congenital heart defects (CHD). Did you know that 1 in 100 babies are born with CHD? That’s around 40,000 babies born each year in the US.
Wearing red today is an easy thing to do! Well, unless you’re already out and about for the day and forgot, this morning. Or maybe red really isn’t your color and you simply don’t own any. So, maybe you’re too late for today, but if you plan ahead now, you could at least have a red handbag or a red pin that you can stick on your shirt, or hell, carry around a red notebook or pen, for a little support for next year!
But I think more importantly than just wearing something red is for us to take a minute and consider our own heart health. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had a physical, go and get one done. If it’s been awhile since you’ve gotten off your behind and gone for a walk, get up and take a little walk around the house, or better yet, the neighborhood. If it’s been awhile since you’ve eaten vegetables, ha, try to get in a serving or two today. Hey, I can’t enjoy it at the moment, but I hear red wine helps, too. Whatever we need to do to support the cause, right?!
So, at least today, let’s try to show a little love to our hearts (and also maybe put a little love in your heart – just to get that song in your head for the rest of the day)!