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Go Red!

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Go Red for WomenDid you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US? Surprising right? But actually, it’s a fact that more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes one in three deaths each year which translates to a rate of about one per minute! That means women like you – mothers, sisters, friends, are dying at a rate of one per minute. The signs and symptoms of heart disease aren’t always easy to see, which is why this disease is known as a silent killer. 

In 2004, the American Heart Association launched the “Go Red for Women” movement to help educate millions of women and help spread life saving truths about heart disease. With February being heart month, everyone should make it their mission to fight heart disease in women (It's okay to fight it for men, too!). 

So how can you support and help fund the research that goes towards saving women’s lives? Well, “Wear Red Day” is February 3, 2012. You can join thousands of people across the nation as the American Heart Association raises awareness about this life-threatening disease. All you have to do is simply wear red on the first Friday in February.

Want to eat red?

  • Tart cherries: Tart cherries’ bright red color comes from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants researchers have attributed to the fruit’s unique health properties, from anti-inflammatory and heart-health benefits, to reduced post-exercise muscle and joint pain.  Available year-round as dried, frozen and juice, tart cherries are a versatile ingredient that adds a unique sweet-tart taste. I buy them dried and put them in my oatmeal or Greek yogurt with granola.
  • Tomatoes: Lycopene is the phytonutrient that gives tomatoes their red coloring.  Research shows that women with the highest intake of tomato-based foods have greater protection against heart disease. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium and vitamin C, which add to their heart-healthy appeal.
  • Red Cabbage: Red cabbage also contains anthocyanins and may help lower cholesterol levels.  They’re also a good source of vitamin C, which a recent study suggests may help people with heart failure live longer.

So what are you waiting for? Go RED!

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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