Fit for You: February is Go Red month

Fit for You: February is time to think about preventing heart disease.
Published: February 7, 2012
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February is Heart Month, and the American Heart Association is dedicated to increasing awareness of cardiovascular disease. It also is when the Go Red for Women initiative culminates. Go Red is a passionate and social initiative, devoted to empowering women to take charge of their heart health. This encourages women understand that heart disease is not just an older man's disease. It's time to break this stereotype and recognize that heart disease takes the lives of women more than any other disease. It claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. Leading experts suggest that one of the major ways to combat heart disease is to get regular exercise. Up to 60 percent of Americans do not meet the recommended levels of physical activity and 16 percent are not active at all. Other ways to combat heart disease include eating healthy and getting regular screenings.

Information is provided by The American Heart Association and St. Anthony Hospital. For more information or to find a physician, call Saints Physician Referral at 231-8866 or go to www.saintsok.com.