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“”The Heart Truth starts with you. Talk with your doctor, find out your risk for heart disease, and take action today to lower it.”  NHBLI/The Heart Truth

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge

Join The Heart Truth®: Take #RelaytheRed Pledge

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge

What steps are you taking towards YOUR good health? Recently, I was approached  on behalf of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI)The Heart Truth® program  to participate in The Heart Truth campaign as an official ambassador for the #RelaytheRed social media activation during National Women’s Health Week #NWHW)(May 10-16, 2015). Heart disease impacts us all but, research has shown that it disproportionately affects women of color;  African American and Hispanic women, especially women between the ages of  40 to 60, are at a higher risk for heart disease.  It is the goal of NHLBI/The Heart Truth campaign to get us all on board towards developing heart healthy habits: #4OurHeart.

The centerpiece of The Heart Truth is the Red Dress®, which was introduced as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 by the NHLBI … join and tell five other women to learn more about heart disease and how they can prevent it. (Cheryl Hines) NHBLI/The Heart Truth

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge

The Heart Truth program objectives are six fold:
Primary Objectives

  1.  Increase awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women.
  2.  Increase awareness of the risk factors for heart disease.
  3.  Increase awareness that having risk factors can lead to heart disease, disability, and death.
  4.  Increase perceived susceptibility to heart disease (e.g. an individual’s perception she may be at personal risk for heart disease).
  5.  Increase the number of women who intend to take action to prevent heart disease and/or control its risk factors.

Secondary Objective

  1.  Increase the frequency of conversations between women and their health care provider about risk for heart disease and importance of taking preventive action.

“Join us on this national movement and help us give a wakeup call to all women about the importance of knowing their risk for heart disease, the #1 killer of women.” NHLBI/The Heart Truth

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge

DAY 1: Sunday – Renew your/Make a commitment to live a heart healthy lifestyle.

The program also wishes to encourage women to take important steps to control their heart health, and therefore improve their overall health by participating in the following simple but important Relay the Red heart health steps for the week. The Relay the Red pledge asks all women to commit doing one heart-healthy behavior each day during National Women’s Health Week; Let’s all commit to take a week of Heart Healthy Actions. In addition, we are to relay these behaviors to other women and inspire them to take steps toward a healthier heart. Start today on Mother’s Day with Step 1 and the follow the other steps daily. I will post graphics/reminders daily so we can all be on board.

  1. Sunday – Renew your/Make a commitment to a heart healthy lifestyle.
  2. Monday – Schedule a visit to the doctor to check your heart health and call a relative to do the same.
  3. Tuesday – Prepare a heart healthy meal today and share the recipe with a friend.
  4. Wednesday – Take a 20 minute walk at lunch or after work with a co-worker.
  5. Thursday – Take 10 minutes to de-stress: meditate, practice deep breathing, or stretch. Then, text or email a family member and remind them to make time to do the same.
  6. Friday – Share the risk factors for heart disease with a loved one.
  7. Saturday – You successfully “Relayed the Red”, Reward yourself with something you enjoy and share with others.
Happy Mother's Day Flower and message

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge – Happy Mother’s Day

As you enjoy the activities around this special day, don’t forget to share this vital information with loved ones and pledge to take definitive steps for your own health too. Have a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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Materials Available: Make a difference in women’s lives by spreading The Heart Truth® in your community.” NHBLI/The Heart Truth

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge

Join The Heart Truth®: Take the #RelaytheRed Pledge

Each day, The Heart Truth will share pledge images and supplemental content on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest). As an ambassador, I am taking the Relay the Red pledge and will share updates of actions I take on Facebook and Twitter. They have provided all the graphics developed for this activation, and I will add tidbits on my effort on Facebook and by writing more about the Relay the Red pledge and my journey on this blog by the end of the week. Join Us and Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

For More: Women’s Lives & Issues 

Positive Motivation Tip: A healthy heart is a happy heart. Make Mother’s Day the start of healthier habits.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Other Photos via The Heart Truth  or from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

82 Comments leave one →
  1. Michele permalink
    10/05/2015 3:34 pm

    Am I at risk for heart disease? Probably although my doctor hasn’t said anything and yes I go for regular checkups because of diabetes (which I managed to get under control with diet). Women don’t usually think of women having heart disease-it is perceived as being a men’s disease–nothing could be further from the truth!

  2. tiarasandtantrums permalink
    10/05/2015 6:22 pm

    this is a great cause and great information. iI worry about heart disease since my grandmother had several strokes in her sixties.

  3. Michelle permalink
    10/05/2015 8:46 pm

    My doctor keeps bothering me to have a blood test and I don’t want to. I know I should especially after reading this. Thanks!

  4. 10/05/2015 10:56 pm

    I had a cardio-vascular check recently and apparently I’m in really good health!

  5. Jeanine permalink
    11/05/2015 5:34 am

    Wow, this is awesome. Congrats. This sounds like a really fabulous campaign and it’s great to keep people aware! A Healthy Heart is definately a Happy heart!

  6. Stephanie permalink
    11/05/2015 5:34 am

    Thanks for sharing. I love the daily activities. It helps when it is broken down.

  7. Brook Devis permalink
    11/05/2015 6:48 am

    very nice campaign. people have to be aware about all this things. and we need to do regulur check up too 🙂

  8. Kathleen Bailey permalink
    11/05/2015 7:23 am

    Heart health is always on my mind but that doesn’t mean I necessarily take action. I love this little week long set of tasks to actually take some action towards a healthy heart. Thanks for sharing, I am going to do this.

  9. thelesleyshow permalink
    11/05/2015 8:23 am

    So important to keep a Healthy Heart. It all starts with a healthy diet.

  10. Fan R @TeddyOutReady permalink
    11/05/2015 9:22 am

    Healthy heart is happy heart, a remind that our health is so important and we should work on making our life better, probably give up on some worries, exercise and eat healthy food.

  11. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    11/05/2015 10:14 am

    This is a great commitments, we are committed to this too as a family!

  12. Rosey permalink
    11/05/2015 10:47 am

    The stats are awful, and I totally believe them to be true. We recently had a huge heart scare with someone in our family that was too young (or so we thought!) to have a heart attack! Thankfully it’s a semi-happy ending over here. 🙂

  13. DogVills permalink
    11/05/2015 11:08 am

    This is a great challenge. Many people and women especially are not aware about the heart diseases. Thanks for doing this

  14. Jenn permalink
    11/05/2015 11:22 am

    My family has an extended history of heart disease so this is great reminder. Thanks for sharing this, I’m definitely going to try some of the challenges this week!

  15. Susan Quackenbush permalink
    11/05/2015 12:01 pm

    Ive recently started paying more attention to my health, trying to get out more during the day and exercise a little longer 🙂 I’ve always been working on changing my diet accordingly but it’s no easy task. Thank you for the great share!

  16. Myrabev permalink
    11/05/2015 1:05 pm

    Such a great cause and a great campaign, not many of us really think about heart disease and other diseases until either we get them or a loved one does but I think being proactive like this will definitely save someone’s life if not our own. Great post.

  17. Juliana permalink
    11/05/2015 2:43 pm

    I’m all for this especially so because heart disease runs in the family. It’s not an easy undertaking but sheer discipline and keeping oneself motivated helps a lot.

  18. Masshole Mommy permalink
    11/05/2015 2:58 pm

    Good for you. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing this awesome campaign today!

  19. Michelle hwee permalink
    11/05/2015 8:43 pm

    What a great post. Definitely reminds us all to think a bit more about our health!

  20. thelesleyshow permalink
    11/05/2015 10:11 pm

    I have a super healthy heart but its always good to raise awareness. Our hearts play a huge role in our overall health.

  21. JessicaACassidy permalink
    12/05/2015 5:35 am

    The tips are really helpful. Heart attack is a silent killer and we as women needs to take good care of our hearts.

  22. sicorra permalink
    12/05/2015 10:06 am

    A very important topic to raise awareness about. And my favorite type of exercise is simply walking for long periods of time.

  23. Shonda permalink
    12/05/2015 10:07 am

    Kudos to you for being proactive. I am a firm believer in knowing everything you can to understand your body, your families history and what you can do to take care of yourself.

  24. abundantjourneys permalink
    12/05/2015 10:08 am

    Kudos to you for being proactive. I am a firm believer in taking the steps to take care of yourself. Knowledge is power.

  25. Nova permalink
    12/05/2015 11:56 am

    Awesome relay and I do hope there will be plenty of people who is going to be involve in this amazing campaign

  26. martinkadelux permalink
    12/05/2015 3:02 pm

    I love this campaign! We need to take better care of ourselves!

  27. amanda permalink
    12/05/2015 3:10 pm

    It is so important for all of us women to take care of our health, especially since our heart may show signs of distress differently than men’s hearts. Thanks for sharing.

  28. ardisgirl permalink
    12/05/2015 5:44 pm

    This is such an amazing post, I absolutely love the message behind it. As a woman in my 50’s, I know all too well the importance of a healthy heart. I hope this information gets to more women out there!

  29. Sojourner Williams permalink
    12/05/2015 6:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. This is such an important conversation. I’ve recently replaced butter with olive and coconut oil, I’ve cut back on processed sugar and am walking for an hour everyday.

  30. Shabby Chic Boho permalink
    12/05/2015 7:59 pm

    I try to stay on top of all health related issues but I have put off a mammogram that I need to go have taken care of. Thanks for the motivation, I’ll call and make an apt tomorrow and quit putting it off.

  31. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    12/05/2015 8:10 pm

    This movement will definitely help save lives. Personally, I make it a point not to smoke, not to drink and not to eat fatty foods for the sake of my heart. I also make sure that my family does the same.

  32. Liz Mays permalink
    12/05/2015 8:29 pm

    This is something I take really seriously since heart disease runs in my family!

  33. Heather permalink
    12/05/2015 8:39 pm

    I like how you listed things people can do each day to help spread heart health awareness! I’m in my thirties and I know that there are things I need to do now, to make sure I have a healthy heart and body for years to come!

  34. upliftingfam permalink
    12/05/2015 9:27 pm

    I need to be more concerned with my heart health and know I need to make some changes. Heart disease runs in my family and with my own health problems, I don’t need any more.

  35. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    12/05/2015 9:48 pm

    This is totally an amazing post indeed and thank so much for sharing it. It is so important not only for women but everyone to take care of their hearts. Thanks again for sharing the awareness.

  36. danisdecadentdeals permalink
    12/05/2015 11:04 pm

    It is so important to get regular blood tests! I get them done every year. :)This sounds like an amazing campaign!

  37. Marie permalink
    12/05/2015 11:41 pm

    That’s a really good initiative…information really helps….and helps to save lives. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Franc Ramon permalink
    13/05/2015 2:02 am

    This is really great to increase awareness in heart care. This can really save a lot of lives.

  39. Rosey permalink
    13/05/2015 2:42 am

    I like the idea of preparing a heart-healthy meal and sharing with a friend. I also like that they use the red dress…that’s a theme that can be tweaked by personality. 🙂

  40. Megan Elford permalink
    13/05/2015 4:06 am

    Heart disease is common in my family so this is something we take seriously. Tha k you for spreading the word!

  41. Debbie Denny permalink
    13/05/2015 6:08 am

    This is a great program. Awareness is the key.

  42. Rebel Sweetheart permalink
    13/05/2015 7:37 am

    Relay the Red – a very catchy name for a very important campaign. Thank you for all these information! 🙂

  43. Dina Demarest permalink
    13/05/2015 8:22 am

    We just joined a gym last night. That’s very heart healthy! I need to lose weight and slim down/tone up.

  44. Mhie Lee permalink
    13/05/2015 9:20 am

    Heart disease is a traitor so we need to do our best to have a healthy lifestyle.

  45. louisechelle permalink
    13/05/2015 11:10 am

    This is a wonderful awareness program/campaign. My grandmother died because of heart disease and it’s true, heart disease is the number one killer of women. We consider it (heart diseases) a traitor for it betrays the heart owner. We should really keep reminding ourselves and our friends esp those who have hereditary heart illness to watch out with their actions, foods, etc.

  46. DogVills (@DogVills) permalink
    13/05/2015 12:32 pm

    I wish many people shared about this issue. Many people are dying of heart disease and prevention could have avoided that

    • 13/05/2015 4:27 pm

      Sadly, we live in a society where preventive medicine tends to take a back seat to treatment after the fact… 🙁

  47. Jeanette Mays permalink
    13/05/2015 1:06 pm

    I think I should get check ups with my doc more often, but they only like to see patients once a year at the VA Hospital. Thanks for the interesting information.

  48. I Love Paars by: Lee permalink
    13/05/2015 4:12 pm

    My mom has a history of hypertension and it is related to a heart illness. I have experienced skipping heart beat and hypertension back in 2010, 5 days after I gave birth thru C-section. It’s really scary when you couldnt breath and i almost fainted and when i was rushed at he ER, they found out about my irregular heart beat. But tha k god im all ok now

  49. M from The Stay-at-Home Life permalink
    13/05/2015 6:28 pm

    This is a great program to raise awareness

  50. Fernando permalink
    14/05/2015 12:45 am

    Taking good care of our hearts are the main focus of our lives. Without awareness, the subject will slip away and never use for good. Helping others and influencing awareness can move the program. Fernando Lachica

  51. Tiffany Yong permalink
    14/05/2015 1:47 am

    Singapore never had such initiatives and programs. Many people take their hearts and health for granted and never cared about it until problems arises. This pledge will make more people know about the diseases and raise awareness.

  52. sriches permalink
    14/05/2015 3:58 am

    Realising how old I am certainly kick started my health kick this year and so far the journey is going well and I feel healthier than ever before. A great program to raise awareness – fab post! 🙂

  53. Prayerfull Mum permalink
    14/05/2015 5:42 am

    Blessed Mother’s Day to you too! I agree that we should take steps to take care of our health, especially our heart.

  54. Dhemz permalink
    14/05/2015 5:57 am

    this is definitely a great program…thanks for spreading the information!

  55. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui) permalink
    14/05/2015 3:27 pm

    this is a great campaign. the heart is something that is close to me in general

  56. lovemindanao permalink
    14/05/2015 5:30 pm

    awareness on heart disease is so important as many of us now are just so busy and getting stressed all the time… there should be a limit and we should watch for our health as well.

  57. Cebuana Mom permalink
    14/05/2015 6:43 pm

    We all have a part in society to help increase awareness. I never knew that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women.

  58. Jason Panuelos permalink
    14/05/2015 6:47 pm

    Definitely a worthy advocacy! People need to know how to take care of themselves better! 😀

  59. Kylie permalink
    14/05/2015 8:34 pm

    Our heart is really important and we need to do our best for protecting it! 🙂

  60. Alison permalink
    14/05/2015 10:06 pm

    I love this campaign – thank you for sharing! I think personal health is something we don’t focus on enough many times, but really it should be everyones priority!

  61. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    15/05/2015 2:48 am

    I am diabetic but good enough my heart is healthy, sayeth my doctor.

  62. 15/05/2015 6:52 am

    Increasing awareness in heart diseases can really save lives. It is really nice to relay the message to the people.

  63. katrinagehman permalink
    15/05/2015 6:54 am

    what a great program!!! I’m sharing this with a few friends as well.

  64. Loudthinkin permalink
    15/05/2015 9:52 am

    Women become more prone to heart disease after menopause. It’s good to speak awareness about this…looking forward to your updates.

  65. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    15/05/2015 5:47 pm

    In my country, heart disease is one of the major cause of sudden death due to poor diet and lifestyle. You are right, we need to take initiative to spread the the awareness of healthy lifestyle and care for our heart.

  66. yuhjiun permalink
    15/05/2015 10:24 pm

    It’s such a great campaign and I wish there are more campaigns and program in our country

  67. Celeste Wong permalink
    17/05/2015 12:19 am

    This is a great program and spreading the awareness of heart disease is very important. I for one have not really thought that I was at risk but now after reading your post I am going to be more conscious about my health. Thanks for sharing.

  68. Amanda Love permalink
    17/05/2015 8:26 am

    I have actually started eating a lot healthier. I found out that my heart isn’t 100% so I’ve been doing all I can to take care of it. I want to live a long, long life.

  69. Raymond Vasquez permalink
    17/05/2015 7:25 pm

    What I did? I made it a point that my heart could beat faster! I had several adventures recently. And yes! Makes me feel alive. I like the idea of also taking care of others’ hearts! Such a beautiful cause! I’d love to join. As an educator, I also believe that “the heart of education, is education of the heart.”

  70. Lubna Naz permalink
    18/05/2015 9:35 am

    I am always worried about my health and my hubby’s health. Your article is very informative and I will share it with my hubby and we need more healthier food I believe. Thanks


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