Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Women's Health Awareness

So we have looked at Men's health and health awareness in general now its the Ladies turn. While like Men there are many different health issues we all need to be aware of but the biggest for Women in the US is Heart Disease. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing nearly 422,000 each year. Although hearth disease is sometimes thought of as a "man's disease," around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the united states. Following a heart attack, approximately 1 in 4 women will die within the first year, compared to 1 in 5 men. Some conditions and lifestyle choices increase a person's chance for heart disease, including diabetes, overweight and obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use. Among women, black women are at highest risk of dying early from heart disease and stroke followed by American Indian/Alaska Native, White, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander women. High blood pressure, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol and not smoking will reduce your chances for heart disease. 

What you can do for your Heart:

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be active. Exercise regularly.
  • Be smokefree. 
  • Limit alcohol use. 
  • Talk to your health care provider and ask questions to better understand your health.
  • Know your family history. There may be factors that could increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Manage any medical condition you might have. Learn the ABCS of health. Keep them in mind every day and especially when you talk to your health provider:
    • Appropriate aspirin therapy for those who need it
    • Blood pressure control
    • Cholesterol management
    • Smoking cessation
When it comes to a healthy diet we have some ideas that might make things easier and tastier! So this month we are going to focus on delicious dishes that are hearth healthy! 

Check out our delicious recipes that go with this months theme! 
Zucchini Frittata with Tomato-Onion Sauce

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