Make your promise to be heart healthy

Jan. 25, 2008
Put your hand on your own heart. Go red from the inside out. Make your promise to be heart healthy.

The National Wear Red Day is February 1. One day a year, what you wear is a matter of life and death. Most of the time, selecting clothing isn't that critical. But on Wear Red Day, it's vitally important. That's because it helps raise funds to fight the No. 1 killer of American women: cardiovascular disease, the cause of one in every 2.6 female deaths.

By wearing red and making a donation of $5 or more, you can help raise $35 million for heart research and education programs, our goal for 2008.

Wear Red Day is also the time to make an important promise to yourself — the promise to love your heart by doing everything you can to reduce your risk factors. To learn more, visit

10 ways to love your heart

• Get regular checkups.

• Know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.

• Follow your doctor's recommendations for diet and exercise.

• Take prescribed medications as directed.

• If you smoke, quit now.

• Get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. Join our 12-week physical fitness program at

• Eat a heart-healthy diet, including fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods and fish.

• Limit food high in saturated fats and dietary cholesterol.

• Limit your salt intake to 2300 mg of sodiuma day.

• If you drink alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation — an average of no more than one drink a day for nonpregnant women.

• Make go red for women last a lifetime. Joining the movement will help you stay up to date on the latest heart-health information, so you can love your heart all year round. Register at