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High Cholesterol and Go Red for Women

Posted Sep 01 2009 12:00am

You know what’s really frustrating?  When you work really hard at something and don’t get the desired results.  Last week, I had my annual physical including blood work.  I have to admit, I went into it feeling a little overly confident.  Afterall, I had made some significant changes to my lifestyle and I was feeling healthier than ever.  So when I called to check on my results I fully expected to hear nothing but good news. 

Unfortunately, despite my best efforts I found that my LDL (bad cholesterol) was a little high at 123.  The doctor’s like to see it below 100.  You can imagine my frustration when the nurse said, ”start watching what you eat and exercising and we’ll check it again in six months.”  Whatch what I eat?  Hello?  I eat healthier than most people I know including my husband who’s LDL is below 100.  To say I was frustrated is an understatement.  But if forced me to take an honest look at my lifestyle habits and the choices I was making everyday to see where I could make improvements.  It also reminded me of two important things.

In the end, I had to admit that over the last two month I had let time constraints dictate too many of my choices.  I needed to remind myself what it takes for ME to be healthy.  Which leads me to a serendepitious email I received last week and an amazing giveaway for all of you. 

Did you know that high cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in America?  Go Red For Women is an organization that supports the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together and wipe out heart disease and stroke.  Their near-term goal is a 25% reduction in coronary heart disease and stroke in women by 2010.  To achieve that goal, they’ve launched BetterU to help women take action to protect their hearts. The program is a free, 12-week online makeover that can help women improve their overall health and heart health through small, simple changes (like choosing baked not fried, or choosing to get their cholesterol checked).   

women and heart diseaseTo help support the program, Go Red for Women has created the BetterU, BetterMe Kit , which 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 make heart-healthy choices at the store 
  • Go Red yoga mat
  • Their signature red dress pin
  • Heart-healthy snack, Craisins

And we’re giving one away!  You know the drill.  Post a link to this story on your blog, Twitter or Facebook and leave me a note in the comments linking to it.  You’ll get one entry for every post.  The BetterU, BetterMe Kit is a great reward, but helping all of the women in your life improve their health and building awareness of the risk factors for heart disease is an even bigger reward.  Good luck!  The contest ends October 4 so start spreading the word.

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