Sunday, June 14, 2009

Small steps to a Healthier You

Heart disease is the #1 killer for women in the U.S. Like many other diseases (i.e. type 2 diabetes) your diet and exercise can decrease your risk. The American Heart Association has put together a campaign targeting women to spread the word about Heart Disease and ways to decrease your risk. Nubian Fitness Goddess is proud to participate in the Go Red for Women Campaign.

Research shows that many women do not view heart disease as health threat so here are some stats and info to better inform you :

Heart disease includes conditions affecting the heart, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Keys to prevention include quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising (from WebMD).
  • Only 13% of women view heart disease as a health threat, even though it’s women's No. 1 killer.
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills over 480,000 women a year, about one per minute.
  • One in three adult females and males in the United States suffers from a form of CVD.
  • CVD claims more lives than the next four most common causes of death combined.
  • On average, an American dies of CVD every 35 seconds.
The great thing about the AHA is they are offering you resources to improve your health. They are offering a free 12-week online nutrition program and fitness program for women. Be sure to check out to get started on your path to fitness. One of the goals of this campaign is to illustrate to women that a few small changes in your eating and activity can lead to significant health changes (i.e. decreasing your risk for Heart disease). For example, choosing baked not fried, or choosing to get your cholesterol checked.

In addition the American Heart Association has provided Nubian Fitness Goddess with 3 BetterMe kits to help you get started on improving your health. I am looking for 3 women to commit to the 12 week online program and share their experience. I will provide you with the BetterMe kit to aid you in your journey. Please email me at nub for more details.

The BetterU, BetterMe Kit giveaway. The kit has everything you need to start the BetterU program, including:
  • Super-cute tote bag for the gym
  • BPA-free water bottle
  • Go Red Grocery Guide to help you made heart-healthy choices at the store
  • Go Red yoga mat
  • Our signature red dress pin
  • Heart-healthy snack, Craisins
More resources:

  • The Go Red BetterMe Coaching Tool. It’s a Widget to keep women on track to meet their health goals. The tool includes daily reminders and tips, interactive videos from “women like me,” and links to a journal and goals.
  • I will also be providing tips and advices from Lifestyle expert and former “Biggest Loser” competitor, Andrea Baptiste.

I know that was alot of info but its important that we protect our hearts and decrease our risk for heart diesease. Also, please share this information with your Mom's, Sisters, friends!

Are you interested in the free online program?
What steps have you taken to prevent heart disease?


Laura B said...

Thanks for the post. I believe the smalls steps are the most valuable. I try to eat a lot healthier as well as exercise regularly. Apart from that - a lot of positive energy :)

Fitness Goddess said...

Laura B,

I totally agree. Small steps like adding green tea cutting out fried foods (well I eat it occasionally) have really helped me maintain my weight loss.

I am still looking for two more women to participate in the 12 week challenge. You will receive the BetterU kit!