It’s here! February is Heart Month, my biggest month of the year. As I travel the country encouraging women to embrace their hearts, I encourage you to embrace yours — here are some ideas:
1. Well, wear red! February 2 is National Wear Red Day. Join thousands of women (and men) across the country in calling attention to the issue of women and heart disease by wearing the color of passion. Wear red lipstick, nail polish, a dress, as sweater or a scarf – or shoes! Make your own fashion statement.
2. Take a picture and make a statement. The American Heart Association is compiling a HEART for Women Photo Petition. Help support this very important piece of legislation. Visit the Petition Site and see everyone who has already participated.
3. Do something indulgent. Schedule a massage or a pedicure. Make time for a special dinner with the one you love. Draw a bubble bath or sleep in – you deserve it!
4. Make plans to attend a Go Red event. Visit the event site to find out when a Go Red event is planned in your area.
5. Take a walk. We’ve had quite the cold snap here, but even in cold weather it is good to get outside. Breathe in some fresh air and fight the cabin fever!
6. Make a donation. Help the American Heart Association make a difference. Your dollars make a difference in the lives of people just like me and my family. And, if you wouldn’t mind could you help out my daughters by supporting their school’s Jump Rope for Heart efforts? You can visit Grace and Callie Jo’s donation pages to make an on-line donation – thanks! (Yes, unflinching solicitation on my daughters, behalf – it’s shameful)
7. Tell some one you love them, but don’t use words. Do something sweet for a family member or friend – just because. A lovely little surprise like coffee in bed or a small kindness will make that person’s day – and yours.
8. Breathe free. If you smoke, make heart month the month you find the courage to stop. About.com offers some great tips on quitting.
9. Get involved. Want to make a difference? Join the You’re the Cure advocacy efforts. Sign up on line and you’ll receive information about legislation in your state as well as nationally and locally. Every voice counts!
10. Know your numbers. If you don’t know your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI, make an appointment today. Being informed about your health makes it possible for you to have choices.
How ever you choose to celebrate, have a great Heart Month!
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Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.