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Going Red for Christmas

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Are you looking for the perfect gift this holiday season for your sister? Aunt? Mother? Grandmother? Girlfriends? This year, why not give the women in your life the gift of knowledge and empower them to beat heart disease? Despite education and national campaigns, heart disease kills more than 430,000 women in America alone each year and remains in the number one spot for cause of death of American women. To put it in perspective, this means that one out of every three women will die of heart related disease. The sad truth is that heart disease is preventable.

Preventing heart disease is the goal of the Tell 5 program sponsored by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women. Committed to educating women and heart disease and improving heart health, the Tell 5 program is a tool designed to assist you in getting the word out to the women you love in your life. Participating in the Tell 5 program is easy: simply go to the Tell 5 page of the Go Red for Women website (https://www.goredforwomen.org/Tell5/Default.aspx), fill in the names and email addresses of five women you want to save from heart disease, and then click submit. (The American Heart Association does not keep these email addresses on file or share them with others.) It’s that easy - Go Red for Women does the rest.

Every woman will receive an email along with a free downloadable Heart Health Kit. A 10-page brochure, the Heart Health Kit contains a step-by-step guide to a healthier lifestyle, and tips for beating heart disease. Information is divided into five major areas that make a difference in heart health:

Health care: Contains information on how to get started on the path to a healthier heart, including tips for talking to your doctor. This section also provides information on Go Red Heart CheckUp (https://www.goredforwomen.org/hcu/index.aspx), a free online tool for assessing your risk of heart disease.

Diet and Nutrition: Contains great tips about nutrition including guidelines for dining out, along with tips for how to protect your heart health and still eat some of my personal favorites such as Mexican or Indian food.

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