I wondered if these women were as committed to protecting their own bodies from heart disease -- something far more likely to strike them than a home invader.
The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health for this very reason. Let's clear up some of the myths women buy into so that we can lower our risk. See if you recognize any of these quotes:
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Heart disease loves us, ladies, so please don't buy into the myths. Take an active role in your health by staying a step ahead of this killer. If you smoke, find a program that will help you stop; if you are sedentary, adopt a regular exercise regimen; if you haven't thought about your diet, start paying attention to the foods you eat; and if you haven't had your numbers checked lately, make an appointment with your health-care provider to learn your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.
Finally, in honor of American Heart Month, make it your goal to spread awareness about this important women's health issue by informing your social circles on how to minimize their risk of heart disease. It's certainly a conversation worth starting.
Cindy Boggs, wellness presenter and author, is an ACE-certified instructor/trainer. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to cindys...@aol.com. Look for her award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her website, www.cindysays.com.