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American Heart Association | Heart Walk

Did you know…Cardiovascular diseases are the NUMBER ONE killer in the United States.  Someone dies from CVD every 38 seconds! Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined!

Take a look at this map!  Do you think lifestyle has something to do with it?

Do you know someone at risk?  Do you have heart disease in your family? Are you doing everything you can to help prevent this disease from impacting your family?

It is so important to get this information out there. I really believe that Americans DO NOT KNOW what to do to get and stay healthy.  And that they do not have the proper FEAR of what their bad habits will do to them and their families.

Our culture is set up to eat badly. Our restaurant choices are killing us! The majority of the food in our grocery stores is killing us!  The areas in red on the map above have the least healthy choices available.  We are set up to overbook our lives and not make time for exercise.  Somewhere between 20-30% of Americans workout every day….wow!

MY FAMILY

My mother’s brother (my uncle) died a year ago at the young age of  56!!  Read her bio here!

A great deal of my family members are already showing signs of heart disease. FIThubby’s family is the same way.  His grandfather was in his 50s when he died of heart disease.  We are aware we will be passing along these genes to our children and that makes it even more important to teach our children how to take care of their bodies with exercise and proper nutrition!

HEART DISEASE PREVENTION

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a health weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • for more info on prevention, look here

DONATE

What can I do to help? Donate here.  Donate $5. Donate $25. Donate $50. Donate $500. Please help!!!

The funds raised go toward:

  • Putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients.
  • Groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research.About 36,000 babies are born with heart defects each year —research is the key to saving babies’ lives.
  • Getting life-saving information to those who need it most – information that can save a life, like how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of heart attack, and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices.
  • Resources:  CDC |  AHA Heart Walk

    Laury @thefitnessdish - Heart disease is a VERY scary thing! It runs in my husbands family, and I get SO worried about him…he tries to eat healthy overall and exercise, but I know he could do better!

    tori - I’m the same way. I don’t want to nag but I don’t want to lose him early due to this!

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