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Go Red and Be Healthy

February is also known as National Heart Health Month. It’s a hard truth, but heart disease is not picky, so men and women are both at risk. About 1 in 4 deaths are linked to heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. With that in mind, we’d like to take some time to discuss a few ways to eat and exercise in order to achieve a better lifestyle.

Track what you put into your body. Add color to your plate and make sure to get two servings of fruits and vegetables, but avoid the extra salt and sugar that is sometimes present in canned fruits and vegetables. Whole grains are a better option when faced with multiple choices. Fish and poultry products should be your first choices due to the omega 3 fatty acids within them, prepared without the skin and leaning towards salmon and trout when preparing fish. When wanting red meat, always check for the leaner cuts. Skim and 1% dairy products get you a step closer to a fat-free and low-fat diet. Sugary drinks are extremely bad for you, and you should ultimately try to cut them from your diet. You really want to rid yourself of saturated and trans fats, in order to replace them with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Paying attention to serving sizes or cooking meals at home will help  keep you from overeating and not paying attention to your calorie intake.

push-ups-888024_1280Walking, stair climbing, swimming, and biking are all ways to increase heart health.
A good week of activity should typically include 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity at least five days per week or 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least three days a week. Of course, it is very important to speak to your doctor to create a routine that is safe and right for your body, health, and age.

Remember that everyone has to start somewhere, so if you can’t make each workout when you first start out, you’ll get there! Doing something is always better than doing nothing. Visit www.heart.org for more tips.


Written by Zoe Pierson

Go Red for Women Luncheon

Join us for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon tomorrow, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Hotel Roanoke. This luncheon is a wonderful way to learn more about how millions of women have united to raise their voices about their number one killer, heart disease. With your help, many more lives can be saved.

2016 Bella Banner Ad“I’m honored to be involved with the Go Red for Women campaign,” says Donna Littlepage, 2015-16 Go Red for Women Chair. “It is very important to educate women on the dangers of heart disease and stroke and to continue AHA’s support of research in this area.”

Find out how you can join the American Heart Association in the fight to raise awareness and save lives by attending the luncheon. Visit their website for details.

Roanoke NRV Heart Walk

Nearly 2,000 people are expected to attend the Roanoke NRV Heart Walk this Saturday, October 17 at River’s Edge Park, hosted by the American Heart Organization. Registration and festivities will begin at 9 am. At 10 am, the opening ceremony/survivor ceremony and walk will begin.

This is a great opportunity for the community to come together, raise funds and increase awareness to prevent heart disease and strokes. Heart disease and stroke survivors will wear red capes and lead participants through the walk, along with a coach and horses from Wells Fargo. Entertainment will include a performance by National Baton Twirling Champion Harlie Dale, the national anthem by Carolyn Cox, and The Loose Strings Band.

12105973_750053808432743_4306109931707332944_nThis event will also have a red heart balloon arch where participants can pose for photos and a “Kids Zone” featuring face painting, a balloon artist, Heart Man, and Q-Bear mascots. Go to www.roanokenrvheartwalk.org for more information and to register.

Go Red for Women: Friday, Feb 6!

aha1Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. To put this in perspective, think of ten women that you know. Nine of them have risk factors that could hospitalize or even kill them—and they may not even know it.
So many of us go through our everyday lives without stopping to consider what certain symptoms are trying to tell us. Women and men alike (especially parents) put the concerns of their family first. Some women even experience chest pain and put off a visit to the hospital in order to finish errands. We simply do not think that something so serious could impact us. Certainly a heart attack or stroke would have the courtesy to schedule an appointment in our planner.
Unfortunately, such medical catastrophes do not wait until it is convenient for us to go to the doctor.
Heart attacks can also be more difficult to identify for women than men. Sarah Fedele, Communications and Marketing Director for the American Heart Association, explains that this could be the reason that fewer women than men survive their first heart attack.
“Though this continues to be researched, one explanation is the vastly different warning signs that women can experience,” says Fedele. “Men often present with pressure in the chest—but women are somewhat more likely to present with more of the less common symptoms such as shortness of breath, jaw pain, nausea, back pain, and vomiting. I have heard women survivors talk of fire in the chest, tightness in the chest, and even of overall flu-like symptoms. The best key we have is for women to know their own bodies and to be their own advocates when they feel that something is not right.”
For your health, and your sanity, now is the time to start making changes in your lifestyle to keep your heart healthy. Of the many people who will experience a heart attack or stroke, EIGHTY percent of those problems could be prevented. With numbers that high, why not improve your quality of life for the chance to avoid an inconvenient hospital stay and, perhaps, a tragedy?
“The American Heart Association recommends that people review the seven different risk factors for heart disease and stroke and start today to work on the one that is most fitting for them, moving that needle toward ideal cardiovascular health,” says Fedele. “They are tied together—for example, when people work on getting more active or eating a heart-healthy diet they will see most of their numbers head toward healthier ranges.”
Fedele also explains that, although four in 10 Americans think they have ideal cardiovascular health. In reality, less than 1% of adults in the United States are in that category. If you are curious about your own cardiovascular health, you can go to www.mylifecheck.org to take a free personal assessment and the American Heart Association will recommend a personalized plan to help you reach your goals.
Join Bella (and millions of others) on February 6, as we recognize National Wear Red Day and do our part to help break barriers against heart disease and stroke. For more information on symptoms, getting healthy, and stories from survivors, visit www.heart.org.

Pick up our February issue for a checklist that will help you determine your risks for getting heart disease.




Meet Lori Brown

loribrownLori Brown selflessly shared her story with the Roanoke Go Red For Women Luncheon attendees this last year.  She never thought it would happen to her.  She is a young wife and mother and after learning she had atrial fib, each day of life became more important to her.  After ablation in 2011, she feels great, but knows that further therapy might be needed.  She shares her personal heart story and “Goes Red” to help educate other women on the importance of heart health, the No. 1 killer of women in the U. S.!

Nominated by Sarah Fedele

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Meet Angela Gillespie

Angela GillespieAngela Gillespie’s life forever changed at age 49.  While mowing the lawn, she began to sweat profusely and could not breathe.  It passed, but the next morning, she collapsed on the sidewalk.  She managed to crawl and call 9-1-1.  An echocardiogram revealed a 5.5cm aneurysm and a severely leaking bicuspid aortic valve.  Two months later, she was on the operating table and she is now the proud owner of a stainless steel valve.  Angela is an American Heart Association Go Red Woman and she shares her story with other women to help them fight and prevent heart disease.

Nominated by Sarah Fedele

 Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.