Today is……

National Wear Red Day

Friday February 2, 2018

Wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Because when we come together, there’s nothing we can’t do.

The Go Red For Women campaign encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.1

Edenton encourages all staff and residents to lead a healthy life. Doing so will aid greatly with a variety of health concerns. Everyone should strive to

  • follow an exercise routine
  • eat a healthier diet
  • visit a doctor for important tests and annual exams
  • and influence others by talking about heart and healthy living.

For each person it is important to know your risk factors and what you can do to improve heart health.  It is important to know your family history. Reduce risk factors that you can control such as smoking, consuming alcohol in moderation, and manage stress. We should all make well-being a priority at every age.

Seniors can still improve their heart health by considering the following:

  • Know your risk. The more risk factors you can keep under control, the less likely you are to have a future heart attack. But as you get older, your blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart-related numbers tend to rise. And unfortunately, studies show that the number of women who have heart attacks increases dramatically, especially after menopause. But the good news is that you have the power to reduce your risk, and if you do have a heart condition, there is plenty you can do to manage it.
  • Keep moving.  The older we get, the trickier exercise can be. But it’s still very important to make physical activity a top priority in your life. If exercise is new to you, start slow and talk to your doctor for suggestions on the types of exercise or workouts that you can explore. If working out has never been your thing, that’s okay; walking, even short brisk walks for as little as 10 minutes throughout the day, can provide enough physical activity to keep your heart in shape. Your goal should be to get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week.

 

 

Source: American Heart Association, a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. www.goredforwomen.org. 2018

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