Happy Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day is all about love - not just loving one another, but loving yourself!
Loving yourself includes eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly and scheduling regular health screenings and check-ups.
In recognition of Valentine's Day, today's post will feature the importance of heart health among African American women.
Did you know that:
African American women face a greater risk of death from heart disease than other races?
African American women don't get the same care of heart disease as whites because they don't get the same tests and treatment?
African American women are more likely to get heart disease because they tend to have more risk factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, and diabetes?
Because of these statistics, it is important that African American women become educated about their risk of heart disease and ways they can prevent it. Ways to keep your heart healthy include not smoking; keeping a healthy weight; exercising regularly; eating heart healthy foods such as whole grain foods, vegetables and lean meats; and knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
Upcoming Heart Health Fair cities and dates include:
New York: Friday, February 15
Madison Square Garden
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Louis: Friday, February 15
West County Center
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chicago: Wednesday, February 20
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Charlotte: Saturday, February 23
South Park Mall
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Baltimore: Tuesday, February 26
Baltimore Convention Center
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Los Angeles: Wednesday, February 27
Century City (2029 Century Park East)
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Detroit: Friday, February 29
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
These heart health fairs are helping thousands of women learn their risk for heart disease so they can make changes to protect their hearts. Women receive FREE comprehensive heart health screenings and immediate individual counseling with a health professional to discuss the results. Also offered are engaging and fun educational seminars, fitness and cooking demonstrations, and other resources to promote heart health.
Visit the website at www.sistertosister.org to obtain more information about the healthy heart fairs and other events, and to learn more about healthy living.