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How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease ~ #GoRedGetFit


Worried about heart disease and ways to lower your cholesterol? We share with you some ways to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke with help from the American Heart Association.


See that smile on my face? It wasn't always there. As a matter of fact, less than a year ago after a routine visit to my doctor, I was told that my cholesterol level was high and that I was pre-diabetic. Coming from a family with a history of hypertension and diabetes, I knew that I had to make some lifestyle changes. I knew that in order for me to be healthy that there were things that I needed to do for myself, and for my family. I am a mother, a wife, a sister, cousin, friend and so much more. This is something I needed to do and I decided to make changes. The stats don’t lie! Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke and I was determined not to be a statistic. Together we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. The American Heart Association in collaboration with Macy's, Go Red for Women campaign is a national movement to end heart disease (and stroke) in women.


Before I go into what the campaign entails, I want to share with you five (5) ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease.

1. Make a lifestyle change.  This is by far one of the biggest change you can make. For example, if you smoke, make an active decision to quit. Join a support group, do whatever you have to do in order to quit. Also limit your alcohol intake

2. Reduce your stress. Stress can increase your risk of heart disease. Meditate a few minutes every day to reduce your anxiety. Be present in the moment and take the time to breathe. One exercise that my therapist taught me was to close my eyes and repeat positive sayings to myself such as: "I'm wonderful", "I'm loved" and "I am Amazing". You'll be surprised at how much words of affirmations can reduce your stress levels.

3. Exercise. It helps to be physically active and this is something that you can do daily. A simple brisk walk around the neighborhood can do wonders for your body. Take the dog for a walk if you have one, or just walk by yourself. If you have access to a gym, this would be a good time to work out at least 30 minutes a day and gradually increase it.

4. Eat healthier. We are what we eat, and eating a healthier diet is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of heart disease. Eating healthier can also help with your weight together with exercise. Eating healthier not only enables you to function daily, but can also help to prevent diseases.

5. Manage your cholesterol level. There are two types of cholesterol: LDL (bad) and HLL (good). Too much of one or not enough of another can put you at risk for coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke. The American Heart Association recommends all adults age 20 or older have their cholesterol, and other traditional risk factors, checked every four to six years. While tips 1- 4 above are important steps in improving your cholesterol, some people may actually need cholesterol lowering medication to reduce their risk.


Go Red For Women has an engaging new initiative to keep healthy living interesting and fresh, and Macy's is joining the cause to cheer participants on and keep them motivated with exciting prizes, like the chance to win a $1,000, $500, or $250 Macy's gift card! The #GoRedGetFit is a quarterly health and fitness challenge that combines nationally-known and influential celebrity fitness trainers with the power, influence and encouragement of real women like YOU!

Friends that do fitness challenges together, stay healthy together! A barrier to being fit and healthy is simply not having the guidance and support. Rally your online squad! Through Go Red For Women’s #GoRedGetFit online fitness challenge (Facebook group), women have free access to two nationally renowned celebrity fitness trainers: Scott Parker and Lisa Morales to help members to be fit and healthy for life.

So fresh and so clean! Using the American Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity and diet and lifestyle, the trainers and online community support participants as they go through quarterly challenges for improved health.

Practice makes per-fit! Each challenge lasts approximately 12-weeks, in an effort to turn a behavior into a habit.

The #GoRedGetFit quarter one challenge, designed for optimal results, is:
“Pep Your Step for Good”
1. Take 10,000 steps a day. (About AHA physical activity recommendations.)
2. Know your numbers; get your cholesterol checked and talk to your doctor about your numbers.
It didn’t happen, if you didn’t post it! Participants share and post messages, photos and videos of successes, encouragement and struggles within the group and some are randomly chosen to win prizes from Go Red For Women and Macy’s with a grand prize to the 2018 Red Dress Collection in New York City in February.


For more information, visit GoRedForWomen.org.


Annmarie John
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  1. Such great tips for taking care of your body and your health. I love the fact that the program doesn't count unless you post it. I think that motivates people to really try their hardest and make the changes they need to make!

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  2. I found this article particularly interesting. I am overweight and when I took my health class they touched on a few of these points. It's really something I need to pay attention to . I am not 18 anymore.

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    1. I am the same, I am over weight and I keep trying to think of ways to help bring it down, my health doesn't help. I really need to focus on what I eat.

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  3. Thank you for sharing such a great info .Now a days heart Diseases was major factor and day by day it's increasing.i will share and try it .

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  4. Thank for sharing such a great info.health Disease was major factor and day by day it's increasing in daily life.stress, unheathy life style.i will share this and try it

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  5. I do exercise, but I have a hard part controlling the stress. especially now that my mom is gone, I worry about everyone else.

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  6. Heart disease is such a real and scary thing! These are great tips for preventing it. I agree that we should be taking better care of our bodies.

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  7. These are all great ways to minimise the risk of getting heart disease. Thanks for sharing this important info!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing. I recently began a weight loss regimen all in an effort to reduce my risk for heart attacks after a dear friend experienced chest pains. Talk about a reality check. The last point you made about knowing your numbers is SOOOOOOOOO... important. Heart disease affects so many and so much can be done simply by regular doc visits and knowing your numbers. Again, thanks for sharing.

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  9. I have been trying really hard to change the way I do stuff so that I will be healthier for the rest of my life. I've been exercising at least three times a week and I'm trying to learn more about nutrition so that I eat the correct foods to help me.

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  10. These are some great tips, it is scary how quickly you can tip that edge to being more likely to have something like heart disease.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your story. Everybody isn't aware of these illnesses when it comes to eating their favorites. I'm glad to stay fit and healthy!

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  12. Maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and exercise is key to heart health. Obesity and inactivity cause so many health problems.

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  13. Go Red for Women is such a great initiative! Heart disease is a silent killer among women. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  14. Yes! Exercise is a must for me! Great tips. Love your dress. So bright and happy.

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  15. You have such a fabulous smile and look so happy in these photos! Great post and tips that everyone (men and women) can most definitely follow. My wife and I have really stepped up the healthier eating this year, getting loads more fruits and veggies in our diet, lower carbs, less fats and fried foods, etc. Adding in tons more exercise is the next goal but starting with 10,000 steps sounds like a great place to start!

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  16. These are such great tips! I've heard from many people that stress can increase your risk of heart disease, that's why I try to live with as little stress a possible.

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  17. This is a great resource since that my husband hasn't been feeling well these past few days. Truly, simple changes in lifestyle goes a long way.

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  18. Great tips. My family suffers from heart disease so we know all too well how important it is to be healthy and active.

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  19. You were lucky to get the signs and be able to make the change. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cholestral at 29 with no real prior warnings and have had to make so many changes, but health is still an issue.

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  20. This is such an important topic. It seems that so many still think that heart disease is not an issue that women have to worry about. Off-topic: Gorgeous photographs of you in a stunning outfit. You look fantastic.

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  21. These are great tips to live healthy and also reduce risk of heart disease.

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  22. first of all love your hair, LIKE a lot.
    also thank you so much for sharing this, its a subject more people should discuss and these are all great tips.

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  23. Thanks you for sharing this initiative and awareness. And let me admire your dress! It is fabulous dear!

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  24. This article was right on time for me as I started my weight loss journey this year. Thanks for the five tips!

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  25. These are all helpful tips. Eating right and exercising go hand and hand. It’s important to reduce stress as well.

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  26. Nowadays heart ache is the biggest problem. All these factors mentioned are really great. To reduce your risk of CHD and heart attack, try to control each risk factor you can. The good news is that many lifestyle changes help control several CHD risk factors at the same time.

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  27. I love these tips. They were very informative and helpful. Thanks for posting.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

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  28. This is a great post about how to reduce your risk of heart disease. Reducing stress is a big factor in my opinion on reducing the risk of heart disease along with plenty of sleep and eating healthy. I must say I love your outfit. That dress is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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  29. I am so glad more and more people are waking up to the idea that they need to keep fit and healthy and not dine out on a bucket of KFC every night. Great tips here :)

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  30. Thank you for the reminder to mind my cholesterol. I need to get a doctor's appointment and a laboratory request to have a Total Cholesterol and Lipid Profile test done. Heart disease runs in my family and I have to be careful if I want to live a long life.

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  31. I just love the vibrant colors!! I also love your hair color. I wish I could be so strong and bold to do this.

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  32. This is a timely reminder. I remember my dad saying, "Heart attacks are like thieves in the night." Exactly. The best way we can avoid this is to have a healthy lifestyle and regular monitoring by a doctor.

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  33. This is a subject close to my heart, so to speak. As you know, my father died of heart disease in his 30s. In a few weeks, I will surpass the last age he got.
    That said, my cholesterol is low and there is no history of diabetes in my family. Still, I think about it all. Stress is my biggest problem and that's a big killer. And I suffer it in droves.

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  34. These are all great tips. It's so important to manage stress, eat healthy and stay active. And I am loving that dress, it's looks amazing with your hair! You are rocking that hair color!

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  35. I think it is so important to raise awareness of heart disease and how much of it is caused by stress or lifestyle. I know that I can get stressed so it is important for me to keep an eye on that thank you x

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  36. This is near and dear to my heart, considering my Mom, her Mom, and her sisters passed away from a heart attack. Me and my siblings are at risk, and I've been trying to do better at preventative measures! Thank you for sharing this vital information!

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