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The American Heart Association tells us that coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. The fact that many women are wearing red today tells us the public had become more aware of this scary fact.



Nearly twice as many women in the United States die of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases as from all forms of cancer, including breast cancer.



In case you haven’t heard, today is National Wear Red Day. The millions of women and men you see wearing red are doing so to show their support for heart disease awareness.



The colorful observance is a great start, but there is so much more that can be done.



You probably know that carrying extra pounds boosts the odds you’ll suffer heart disease. The good news is that, unlike genetics, this is a risk factor that you can fairly easily do something about.



The AHA notes, “If you have too much fat " especially if a lot of it is located in your waist area " you're at higher risk for health problems, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.”



Diet.com is doing its part to help women battle this silent killer. To show our support of National Wear Red Day we’re offering 20% off the price of our benefits-loaded premium membership. Click here and use coupon code GoRED.



If you were considering a new diet " or perhaps you’re badly in need of a resolution re-start " now’s the perfect time. Living large is no longer an option. Take control of your weight and lower your risk for heart disease.



After you’ve taken the all-important step of getting serious about losing weight, please slip into something crimson and show your support National Wear Red Day. A red dress, scarf or tie is an easy way to hike awareness of heart disease and stroke.



Now in its eighth year, The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign for women. The Red Dress is the easily recognizable symbol. The goal: nothing less than a 25% reduction in coronary heart disease and stroke risk by the year 2010.



Diet.com contributor Susan Burke March MS, RD, LD/N, CDE says, “Heart disease is the number one killer of women " pay attention all you mothers and daughters… sisters and aunts. Heart disease often starts off silently. Like type 2 diabetes, the symptoms may be invisible.



“So be sure by Valentine's Day to schedule your physical and get your blood glucose, blood cholesterol, and triglycerides checked. Aim for a healthy weight with a balanced meal plan and fitness plan " a BMI between 18.5-24.9 as long as you're not pregnant, or very muscular, or over age 65. If your BMI is higher, check your waist (women 35 inches or less; men too should know this--40 inches or less); and do NOT smoke anything.”




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