Heart Disease is the #1 killer of Women - Here are 5 Ways to Decrease Your Risk

February is American Heart month, devoted to raising awareness around heart health and prevention of heart disease. According to the CDC (center for disease control) the stats are staggering:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and is the #1 cause of death for women (that's more than all types of cancer combined!)

  • 80% of heart disease and stroke events are preventable through diet and lifestyle changes.

  • Checking cholesterol and blood pressure levels at least every 2-5 years and managing diabetes can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

5 ways to reduce your risk of heart disease:

  • Following a healthy, balanced diet: fill 1/2 of your plate with colorful vegetables and fruit, 1/4 of your plate with lean protein and 1/4 of your plate with whole grains.

  • Exercising regularly: any type of movement counts, whether you're walking, dancing or playing with your kids - move your body as often as possible (at least 30 minutes per day).

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Not smoking

  • Limiting alcohol consumption

For more information on heart disease or for more ways to reduce your risk, contact me today:




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