Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in women in United States. Help combat that statistic by taking control of your numbers. Learn to identify risk factors of heart disease. What is distracting or slowing you down from reaching your goals? Set yourself up for success with tools for a healthy lifestyle. Why are healthy lifestyle choices important to you? Choose to be accountable for your health.There are so many simple ways you can make a difference. Remember your current state of health, and your body, are as unique as you are, so it is important for women to find realistic heart health goals. Be aware of lifestyle choices that can decrease your risk of heart disease. Heart health depends on a lifelong commitment. However, you can make a change at any age.
Do you know your numbers? Cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugars and BMI (body mass index) are important numbers for you to know in keeping yourself healthy. Make it a goal to know your cholesterol and triglyceride numbers as well as you know your 401K balance or shoe size. Do not get involved for the numbers, get involved for you. Learn what causes high cholesterol and what you can do to stay healthy. People have high blood pressure and do not even know it. That is why they call it the ''silent killer.'' Get facts on high blood pressure and how to control it. More than 73 percent of women ages 65 to 74 have increased blood pressure. Women have an increased risk of high blood pressure if they weigh 20 pounds or more over a healthy weight. Do you know what your blood sugar is supposed to be? Do you know how to prevent diabetes before it turns into a life-altering disease? Weight loss is a hot topic in our society. Find out what your healthy weight goal is and then take steps to reach it.
''What are we going to have for supper tonight?'' Does that sound like something that is said at your house? You are not alone because 365 days a year millions of households across America are on the search for supper. In addition, to the challenge of deciding what to have for supper, comes the challenge of finding a healthy choice to have for supper. As creatures of habit, we get into a routine of making the same recipes, just how our moms made them. Some of those recipes are high in fat, calories, carbohydrates and cholesterol, which are contributing to the rise in obesity and heart disease. Come learn about what food substitutes can give you the biggest bang for your tongue. It is important for your health to find recipes that are big on flavor and small on fat. Also learn about cookbooks, Web sites and other cooking resources that can help you be successful in keeping a variety of heart healthy meals on your table.
Do you and your family have regular meal times at home? How much ''screen time'' do your children get each day? How do you make meals healthy when eating on the run? How do you get exercise to be a regular part of the family's routine? Sixty-seven percent of adults are overweight or obese, and this figure has grown from 11 percent to 15 percent for children. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve your health - aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Yet 40 percent of people over 55 years of age do not engage in regular physical activity. Learn how to provide healthy meals for your family, and to motivate every family member to become more physically active.
Please join us on Feb. 20 at Trinity Regional Medical Center for "Time for Me, A Women's Health Event" to learn the answers to all the questions above. The event starts at 8 a.m. with blood draws and breakfast. At 9 a.m. the speakers will start including the following topics: raising a healthy family, recipe modification and knowing your numbers. Following the speakers, there will be booths located in the Atrium Tower including skin screens by the Cancer Center, dietitian, sleep lab, body mass index and blood pressure, pharmacy, cardiology, diabetes center, radiology, emergency services, Iowa Heart Center and rehabilitation services. Door prizes and gift bags will be given.
Register for the event online at www.trmc.org/timeforme or call 574-6335.
Co-authored by the event speakers: Julie Clark, dietitian, Diabetes Center; Sarah Marsh, dietitian, Diabetes Center; and Jessica Smith, RN, Cardiac Rehab.