The International Pageant’s official platform is the American Heart Association’s GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign. The red dress has become the iconic symbol of the battle against heart disease and stroke in women. When it comes to beating heart disease and stroke, change can be the cure and February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the U.S., causing one in three deaths among women each year.
Education is key! Over 80% of cardiac and stroke events can be prevented with education and action. Below is a list of the five things you can do to help prevent heart disease:
(1) Know your numbers – understand your numbers so you know your risk and can measure your progress as you take steps to change your odds.
(2) Follow doctor’s orders – whether it’s a prescribed medication or regimen, you should follow your doctor’s orders.
(3) Get a move on – exercise is one of the most important things you can do change your odds. Simple changes like walking and taking the stairs can make a huge difference.
(4) Tweak what you eat – make every bite count! Choose small portions of lean protein, fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grain instead of crash diets and junk food.
(5) Quit smoking – even if you’ve been a heavy smoker most of your life, you can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease by quitting smoking.
Sweating. Pressure. Nausea. Jaw pain. Believe it or not, these are all symptoms of a heart attack in women. They are also symptoms that women often brush off as the flu, stress of simply feeling under the weather – which could put their lives in jeopardy. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, which is why it is so important to know the warning signs.
I have had the opportunity to attend many American Heart Association events throughout my year including black tie galas, walks and luncheons. At every event you hear incredible stories that touch your heart from the little girl who had open heart surgery at 2 weeks old to the surgeon who chose that line of work because they lost their parents to heart disease.
Go Protect that Heart and Share the Warning Signs!
Your 2015 Mrs. Minnesota International