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Wear Red Today and Check Out Our Reader’s Submissions


One in 4 women dies from heart disease.¹  One in 4 women. That is a staggering statistic! Heart disease is the number one killer of women and it doesn't care about your race or ethnicity.

February is heart health awareness month.  Today, February 6, is National Wear Red Day.  Everyone can participate in showing their support of heart health; children, men, women, everyone! Wear a red dress, a red hat, a red tie, or even a red dress pin. So if you aren't already wearing red today, go get something red and put it on!  Show your support for healthy hearts. 

Do you know how healthy your heart is?  Do you know your numbers?  If not, this is the best time to find out!  Schedule an appointment with your health care professional to find out your numbers and what you can do to maintain or improve them. The following shows where your optimal numbers should be:

Total Cholesterol: <200 mg/dL
LDL "Bad" Cholesterol:

  • Optimal: <100 mg/dL
  • Near optimal/Above Optimal: 100-129 mg/dL
  •  Borderline High: 130-159 mg/dL
  • High: 160-189 mg/dL
  • Very High: 190 mg/dL and above

HDL ("Good") Cholesterol: 50 mg/dL or higher
Triglycerides: <150 mg/dL
Blood pressure: <120/80 mmHg
Fasting Glucose: <100 mg/dL
Body Mass Index (BMI): <25
Waist Circumference: <35 inches

While you're working on your numbers through exercise and diet,  take a moment to stroll down our virtual hiking trail and stop by the Sketch Book and check out our Reader's challenge submissions.  Janet Burditt from Evans, Georgia, and Ken Schneider from Arvada, Colorado, rose to the challenge this month and created hearts, more hearts, and lots of red in support of heart health awareness.

This month Stephanie chose to share your cards with the Sunrise at East Cobb Assisted Living Center for senior citizens in Marietta, Georgia. Some folks' day will be brightened through the cards you created this month.

For more information regarding women and heart health, check out the following websites:

The American Heart Association -  http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200000

The Heart Truth: A Campaign for Women About Heart Disease - http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov//educational/hearttruth/

The Women's Heart Foundation - http://www.womensheart.org/

About.com/Heart Disease - http://heartdisease.about.com/

Keep your heart healthy! We'd like to have you around reading  Stamper's Quest magazine and sharing your artwork with us for a long, long time.  

¹from the CDC




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