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National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

13/05/2015

“Most women do not realize that heart disease is the #1 killer of American women.” Monica Potter

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is sponsoring a national program called The Heart Truth®, in partnership with many national and community organizations. NHLBI/The Heart Truth®

DAY 1: RENEW YOUR/MAKE A COMMITMENT TO HEART HEALTH
What steps should you take for good health? NHLBI/The Heart Truth® encourages us to start with taking the #RelaytheRed pledge and the #NWHW (National Women’s Health Week) pledge. Then follow the easy tips shared in this post and in the infographics;  incorporate wellness habits, like brisk walking and eating fresh foods, into your daily practices. In honor of National Women’s Health Week, take your #ActsofRed to the next level by pledging to #RelaytheRed!  Red is the life blood coursing through your veins and when you take actions that energize you, you prolong your quality of life and sense of well being. Each day this week, we’ll be posting a different way you can reconnect to your heart health commitment—and I encourage you to invite other women to join in. Use this checklist to help plan your week, and share pictures of your heart health success with us using #RelaytheRed!

It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! This National Women’s Health Week, we want to help you take control of your health. NWHW

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

I always wanted to be a surgeon, because I had a lot of admiration for my father, who is also a surgeon. I also wanted to be a heart surgeon. That was motivated by the fact that my young aunt, a sister of my dad, died in her early 20s of a correctable heart disease. Magdi Yacoub

DAY 2: SCHEDULE A VISIT TO THE DOCTOR AND CALL A RELATIVE
When was the last time you had a check up? No matter what our backgrounds or personal history include, we are susceptible to illness and know folks struggling with health concerns. We take steps towards prolonging our own lives by scheduling all our necessary appointments. TODAY.  Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from getting the help you need. Putting off routine check ups can make the difference between an early diagnosis and early demise. Check in with loved ones about their health needs and reach out to others and encourage them to do same. It’s National Women’s Checkup Day, so make sure to call your doctor and schedule an appointment to get your heart health checked! Once you do, be sure to #RelaytheRed – call a relative and encourage her to do the same. You can use the following hashtags to share your successes on Twitter and Pinterest. #NWHW15 #RelaytheRed

“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” Deepak Chopra

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu. We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity. And we can help create a culture – imagine this – where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them. Michelle Obama

DAY 3: PREPARE A HEART HEALTHY MEAL AND SHARE THE RECIPE WITH A FRIEND
Do you have a favorite healthy dish? I have different foods I love during different seasons, but my two constants are fruits and vegetables. Even if cooking is not your thing, you can always make a fruit salad and add yoghurt and nuts to the mix for a satisfying treat. Make your favorite heart healthy meal today and #RelaytheRed by sharing the recipe with a friend! Check out our Heart Healthy Recipes Pinterest board for more inspiration. Comment and let us know what recipe you will share. Do use the hashtag #NWHW15 Eating healthy is a big first step for many on the road to wellness. Start today and don’t forget to stay hydrated.

More below!

“The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

Heart disease and diabetes, which account for more deaths in the U.S. and worldwide than everything else combined, are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes. Without drugs or surgery. Dean Ornish

DAY 4: TAKE A 20 MINUTE WALK WITH A COWORKER
What form of exercise gets you moving and feeling elated? A brisk walk by the Hudson River works for me. I took the photos above during one of my walks, with a good friend/neighbor, this afternoon. It was a bit windy but worth it. Get outside and get moving! Set aside some time today to take a 20 minute walk at lunch or after work. Share your enthusiasm for #RelaytheRed by bringing a coworker along. Click here #NWHW15 for more ideas on how to keep active! And do share what you are doing with others.

“Looking after my health today gives me a better hope for tomorrow.” Anne Wilson Schaef

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #relaythered and #nwhw - Relax and Rest

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #relaythered and #nwhw – Relax and Rest

National Women's Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

National Women’s Health Week: 5 Health Tips from #RelaytheRed & #NWHW

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” B.K.S. Iyengar

DAY 5: DE-STRESS AND ENCOURAGE A FAMILY MEMBER TO DO THE SAME
We need as many health tips and we can handle. The most important gift we can give ourselves is to take that first step and keep going. Managing stress is important for your mental health—and heart health, too! Take 10 minutes to de-stress by meditating, practicing deep breathing, or stretching. Then #RelaytheRed: text or email a family member and remind them to set aside time to de-stress. #NWHW15

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!

Positive Motivation Tip: AS we develop healthier habits, our mind and body will unite to reward us.

For More: Women’s Lives & Issues 

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photos via The Heart Truth   Infographics via NWHW all others from Wikipedia and/or my Personal Collection.

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

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63 Comments leave one →
  1. Masshole Mommy permalink
    13/05/2015 2:59 pm

    I think we all need to be aware of possible risks and take good care of ourselves!

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  2. Christy Maurer permalink
    13/05/2015 3:16 pm

    This sure is easier said than done! I didn’t know that this was women’s health week! Thanks for sharing these ideas to get healthier. I think implementing one or two at a time will help me!

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  3. 13/05/2015 3:44 pm

    I absolutely love this campaign! As a woman in my 50’s, I know as well as anyone the importance of a healthy heart! My diet, exercise and stress management are all catered around making sure I keep myself healthy 🙂 Thanks for this great post!

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  4. Liz Mays permalink
    13/05/2015 4:16 pm

    I’m going to check out that Heart Healthy board. It’s important to me to eat right these days!

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  5. Shabby Chic Boho (@terrishutterbug) permalink
    13/05/2015 4:44 pm

    You are always my motivation for daily life. At my age, I need to get heart healthy because I want to stay around and enjoy the grands my children have blessed me with. I’ll use your tips to help in that area.

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  6. Debbie Denny permalink
    13/05/2015 5:28 pm

    Great information. Someting everyone needs to know.

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  7. Crystal From Tidbits of Experience permalink
    13/05/2015 7:46 pm

    This is some good information. I think we need to do more as a whole to ensure that women stay healthy longer.

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  8. bri permalink
    13/05/2015 8:03 pm

    I love these tips. Working towards a healthier me will have great benefits in the short & long run.

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  9. Rebecca Darling permalink
    13/05/2015 8:21 pm

    Great reminder – I’m always the worst about taking care of myself!

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  10. 13/05/2015 9:24 pm

    this is such a great cause. I think as women we tend to completely overlook our own personal needs over others.

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  11. 13/05/2015 10:55 pm

    I often walk at lunch break with my much younger work friend, trying to keep up with her has really helped me!

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  12. Jamie permalink
    14/05/2015 4:20 am

    Preventative care is so important! Thank you for highlighting these issues for women!

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  13. Jeanette Mays permalink
    14/05/2015 4:50 am

    Mental Health for your well being is so important. We spoke about this in my Psychology class this semester, and how people who are happy and more positive tend to have a healthier body.

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  14. savingcmncents permalink
    14/05/2015 5:21 am

    These are really helpful infographics that pull this issue to the forefront. Women are notoriously bad at taking care of themselves, being so busy caring for others. It’s important we change that mindset!

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  15. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    14/05/2015 6:20 am

    I love to sing, read or clean when I am stress. I even work out so I won’t focus on the bad side. The veggies and fruits looks mouth watering to grab.

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  16. Crystal (The Imperfect Mom) permalink
    14/05/2015 6:32 am

    It’s very important to take care of yourself and make those yearly appointments. I’m heading to the doctors in a bit myself.

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  17. Stephanie permalink
    14/05/2015 6:43 am

    These are great tips! I know sometimes we forget that we need to take time to take care of ourselves!

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  18. Ask Coach Donna - Social Media and Blog Expert permalink
    14/05/2015 6:44 am

    Excellent post and info graphics – lots of important info for each of us and I do take an hour break to read and a 30 minute jog with my dogs (on good weather days – eating has to be healthy for me, because of food sensitivities! Thank you for caring 🙂

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  19. Rebel Sweetheart permalink
    14/05/2015 6:48 am

    Thanks for sharing these infographics! Sharing this with friends and family.

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  20. 14/05/2015 7:18 am

    I don’t care what sex you are, we all need to make that special effort to exercise more, laugh more and eat less and I have tried to increase the amount of exercise I do because I tend to be a little greedy. Great article as always, but who would expect any less from you 🙂

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  21. Me-Anne Palumar Bojador permalink
    14/05/2015 11:34 am

    wow.. super useful yung info and detailed. Thanks! magandang article po ito to come back to every now and then

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  22. DogVills permalink
    14/05/2015 12:51 pm

    I did not know that so many suffered from anxiety problems. Thanks for sharing this. I try to eat a balanced diet and it helps a lot

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  23. Yona Williams permalink
    14/05/2015 3:54 pm

    Lots of valuable information here! I just experienced an episode where stress and anxiety took a physical toll on my body. It literally made my muscles ache and cramp.

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  24. upliftingfam permalink
    14/05/2015 5:25 pm

    I like these infographics. I know that I need to schedule a few wellness appointments myself.

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  25. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    14/05/2015 6:18 pm

    I remember the first time I heard this statistic… It’s crazy to me that heart disease is number 1! Hopefully with awareness we can change this stat!!

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  26. Chanel Marie permalink
    14/05/2015 6:21 pm

    Mental health is so important. I have noticed that lately, more and more people are becoming mentally ill. Patients on our Psychiatric Ward kept on increasing and I didn’t like the fact that the significant others don’t care that much for the patient. Sad but true. Remember guys, you have to take care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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  27. mrenkema79 permalink
    14/05/2015 7:48 pm

    Great advice here!! I’ve really been working at getting more active, and that’s always important!

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  28. Michelle hwee permalink
    14/05/2015 8:22 pm

    How awesome! Great tips and advice with this one. It is quite informative. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I definitely learned something new!

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  29. tweenselmom permalink
    15/05/2015 5:17 am

    Nice! The tips are great for having a healthy mind and body. Health is one of the things we really need to take care of. I learned many facts here.

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  30. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    15/05/2015 5:29 am

    Lots of great tips. Learned much this day through your post. I guess, having quality time with yourself may lead to healthy heart.

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  31. Carly Brydon Anderson permalink
    15/05/2015 7:02 am

    These are all great tips! It’s important to take care of yourself in every aspect of your health and well being!

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  32. Fernando permalink
    15/05/2015 7:36 am

    Women must be hygienic in all aspects of her well-being. Taking good care of herself and loved ones are mainly her life. Fernando Lachica

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  33. Ellen Bernardino permalink
    15/05/2015 7:43 am

    Every woman should be aware that they should spend more on health rather than beauty.

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  34. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    15/05/2015 8:11 am

    Eating healthy and staying active is the key to maintaining healthy body andf mind.

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    • Chubskulit Rose permalink
      15/05/2015 8:54 am

      NOw that the weather is warm, my family are always out walking.

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  35. Dina Demarest (@dinade) permalink
    15/05/2015 9:06 am

    I have got to schedule my well visit. We did just join a gym though so that’s hheart healthier.

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  36. lisa permalink
    15/05/2015 9:44 am

    Great tips! I’ve learned that I have to stop putting myself last and to take better care of myself.

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  37. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    15/05/2015 10:52 am

    These are great tips woman can do to stay healthy It is so important for women to take care of them self which they tend to for get because of caring for others. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Nova permalink
    15/05/2015 5:57 pm

    I have to say that with your blog I have learned so many things and ways, the best culprit of unhealthy living is mostly being stressful. So we need to be stress-free as much as possible.

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  39. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    16/05/2015 12:43 am

    It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! This I think is a good Health Awareness Slogan to use.

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  40. Raquel permalink
    16/05/2015 2:55 am

    I really learned a lot from reading this post. As women, we do need to take care of our mental and emotional health as much as with do with our body.

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  41. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen permalink
    16/05/2015 6:41 am

    We should all take care of our health. Health is wealth, it’s more precious than gold.

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  42. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    16/05/2015 8:52 am

    Because women are multi-taskers, we become more prone to stress than men. It’s important, therefore, that we take care of ourselves by eating healthy, exercising, de-stressing and seeing a doctor for wellness check-ups.

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  43. kleebanks permalink
    16/05/2015 9:43 am

    Thank you for sharing this wealth of information.

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  44. Laura O'Neill permalink
    16/05/2015 10:10 am

    Such an important topic for all women. I’ve taught CPR classes for over a decade and always take time to share how women tend to ignore signs of heart disease or a heart attack. With a history of heart problems in my dad’s family, I am doing all I can to make healthy choices to live a long life.

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  45. Dawn McAlexander Crawford permalink
    16/05/2015 3:58 pm

    I didn’t realize there was a women’s health week. Paying attention to your mental health is always important!

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