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Raise heart health awareness: Go Red For Women

Cardiovascular diseases take the life of a woman roughly every 80 seconds.

Let that sink in for a moment.

It’s a staggering bit of information, brought to light by the American Heart Association. And the association wants to take action against that, in part through its Go Red For Women movement.

You can help raise heart-health awareness by joining me in wearing red this Friday (Feb. 2), on National Wear Red Day. Go Red For Women, according to the association, “advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.”

Wear red, and take a moment to share with others the deadly threat that cardiovascular disease poses to women of all ages. It is the number one killer of women, claiming the lives of one in every three. In fact, heart disease today kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

And share with others that roughly 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented. Simply.

Eating a low-fat diet, along with whole grains, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and getting regular exercise are great steps to prevent heart disease. The University of Florida has many publications on how we can get started on a healthier path.

So, join me this Friday on “Wear Red Day” to show your support. But also do it to take your first step to a healthier lifestyle.

Visit for more information on preventing heart disease in women. And read more about the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle with a variety of UF/IFAS publications, like Nutrition for Health and Fitness: Fat in Your Diet, Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020: A Summaryand High Blood Pressure: What You Need to Know.

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