Diversity and Inclusion
The first Friday each February, American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. Like most, I am a mother, a daughter a sister, an aunt and even a friend. I have a family to whom I am the nucleus. Just as the earth rotates on its axis and orbits around the sun, without thought or question, I rotate around my little bubble, steadily churning away at my daily life. However just like Earth, It wouldn’t take much to knock me out of my orbit. As women, what happens when we stop? What happens when we fall? Everything else comes to a halt or a least it feels like it. So we do all we can to ensure that we keep moving, thriving and growing. We eat right, we exercise, we think we are doing what’s necessary to stay healthy & Active; But what if I told you that there’s more to do? Have you heard of cardiovascular disease and how it affects women just as bad if not worse than that of men? Cardiovascular disease does not just affect Men, The fact is: cardiovascular disease is the No.1 killer of women, it causes 1 in 3 deaths each year, that’s approximately one woman every minute (goredforwomen.org)
We Wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Because when we come together, there’s nothing we can’t do Women’s health has to be a part of that conversation, Yes we are all unique in many ways, so why wouldn’t our risks factors be different, be unique whether our, age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle, heredity, even past medical history, the fact remains, we need to know and understand the warning signs and symptoms that are unique to us. The American heart association has spent Billions on research to increase knowledge and understanding about heart disease and stroke in women. Their focus is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent
Trust me, I understand, we are constantly burning the wick at each end. But here are a few things you can do to stay on top of heart Disease and Stroke.
- Talk to your health care professional(early detection is key)
- Maintaining mental & emotional health & wellness
- Eat right
Visit the American Heart Associations website For more tips and ideas on how to support Go Red for Women.
We inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity.