Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) national public-awareness campaign, aims to help women learn that heart disease is their leading cause of death—a fact most women still do not take to heart.
Heart disease and stroke are the number 1 and number 3 killers of American and New Jersey women, respectively, with cardiovascular disease claiming the lives of more than 460,000 women every year.
In keeping with the AHA’s effort to help women learn to protect themselves against heart disease, physicians at the Cooper Heart Institute remind you that better food habits can help to reduce one of the major risk factors for heart attack—high blood cholesterol.
A good way to help lower your blood cholesterol level is to eat less saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol, and to control your weight. Cooper cardiologists offer these tips:
- Use up (through physical activity) at least as many calories as you take in.
- Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups, including vegetables and fruits, whole-grain products, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
- Eat fish at least twice a week, particularly oily fish such as mackerel, trout, herring, albacore tuna and salmon.
- Include in your diet fat-free and low-fat milk products, legumes (beans), skinless poultry and lean meats.
- Choose fats and oils with 2 grams or less saturated fat per tablespoon, such as liquid and tub margarines, and canola, olive, corn, safflower and soybean oils.
- Limit your intake of foods high in calories or low in nutrition, such as foods with a lot of added sugar like soft drinks and candy.
- Limit foods high in saturated fat, trans fat and/or cholesterol, such as full-fat milk products, fatty meats, tropical oils and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. (Trans fat tends to increase blood cholesterol.)
- Eat less than 6 grams of salt (sodium chloride) per day. That’s equal to about 1 teaspoon of salt, or a daily sodium intake of less than 2,300 mg.
- If you drink alcohol, have no more than one drink per day if you’re a woman or two per day if you’re a man. (“One drink” means it has no more than 1/2 ounce of pure alcohol.)
Remember, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods, and every meal doesn’t have to meet all of the guidelines. It’s most important to apply the recommendations to your overall eating pattern over a period of several days.
Fourth Annual Southern New Jersey Go Red for Women Luncheon
Our Hearts. Our Choice.
Make a choice to join more than 400 women at one of the premier women’s events in Southern New Jersey focusing on heart disease and stroke awareness, education and prevention. Choose to join us on Thursday, February 18, 2010 for the Fourth Annual Southern New Jersey Go Red For Women Luncheon at The Merion in Cinnaminson.
The Southern New Jersey Go Red For Women Luncheon is a weekday, daytime luncheon event featuring education, a champagne reception, silent auction, luncheon program, moving keynote address, and more. The event is attended annually by more than 400 of Southern New Jersey’s women and men of influence and affluence. Focusing on heart and stroke education, prevention and wellness, the Go Red For Women Luncheon offers guests the opportunity to attend a series of educational sessions.
The Southern New Jersey Go Red For Women Luncheon is an exceptional opportunity for you to align your business or organization, its name, product, service or image with a premier women’s event and guests will have the opportunity to experience a powerful day of networking, connection, and life-changing information.
Heart disease kills nearly ten times as many women as does breast cancer. Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of women. Approximately 460,000 females die each year in this country from cardiovascular diseases, including close to 14,000 women in New Jersey. The American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement – now celebrating its’ sixth year – is changing the lives of women in this country and helping them to prevent and survive heart disease and stroke and live stronger, longer lives.
Make a choice. Join us for an exceptional and inspiring day by attending the Fourth Annual American Heart Association Southern New Jersey Go Red For Women Luncheon on Thursday, February 18, 2010.
For information or tickets, please call 609.223.3762.