Hey Sistas! February isn’t just Black History Month, it’s also American Heart Month, and we’ve teamed up with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, an organization that serves the 43 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease, to help raise awareness for cardiovascular health. This cause is near and dear to our hearts because our paternal grandmother died of heart disease and unfortunately, this is something that impacts many people, especially Black women. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer for African American women. Women of color are more likely to have multiple risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity which puts us at greater risk for heart disease. Cardiovascular disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, yet about 80% of heart disease is preventable. So we want to focus on what we can do to reduce our risk for heart disease – eating healthy and exercising can greatly reduce your risk.
It’s not difficult to reduce your risk for heart disease. By simply eating right and exercising regularly, you can greatly cut your chances of getting heart disease. If you’re not active now, try to gradually work up to completing 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three to four times a week. If you need some inspiration for heart healthy meals, visit www.womenheart.org for great recipes. In this video, we show you how to make a heart-healthy Tropical Fruit Salad with Guava Sauce. Not only is this easy to make, it’s extremely delicious.
Ingredients (Serves 4):
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 1 ripe pear, sliced
- 4 kiwis, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 cup pineapple, cubed
- 2 Tbsp. orange juice concentrate
- 1 ripe guava or 7 mini guavas
Step 1: Combine all ingredients, except for the juice and guava, in a large serving bowl.
Step 2: Peel and slice the guava into quarters and place into a blender with the orange juice concentrate. Puree until smooth.
Step 3: Pour the mixture through a sieve to strain any seeds and pour over the fruit salad.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Click here for more recipes from WomenHeart.
WomenHeart wants all women to take charge of their heart health by educating themselves about their risk factors for heart disease, which are different than men’s risk factors, and the warning signs of a heart attack, which are also different than men’s heart attack warning signs. You can learn about WomenHeart’s free patient support services and educational materials for women living with or at risk of heart disease by visiting: www.womenheart.org. And be sure to get checked! You can call 1-800- 676-6002 to find heart health screening resources near you. And be sure to tune in to WomenHeart’s Twitter Chat on February 20th at 2pm EST with leading cardiologist, Dr. William A. Cooper who will answer all your questions about heart disease in African American women and more!
Also, for the sixth consecutive year WomenHeart and Burlington have teamed up to raise awareness by challenging all of you to show us how you’re getting heart healthy! Select Burlington stores across the country are hosting free heart health screening events, since knowing your numbers and understanding risk factors are the first steps in knocking out heart disease in women. After you get your heart screened, make sure to spread the word on social media! Use the hashtag #KnockOutHeartDisease and tag two friends to help get the word out! Burlington will donate $5, up to $25,000, for each use of the hashtag!
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