Wear Red Day 2011 - The next time you help your daughter pick out her clothes, be sure to pull something red out of her closet. Today is National Wear Red Day, which is intended to raise awareness of heart disease and women, and it’s never too soon to teach your little ones about the importance of being heart healthy. Wearing red in February isn’t just reserved for Valentine’s Day anymore.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, although heart attacks are generally thought to be a “man thing.” One in four women will die of heart disease, compared to one in 30 who will die from breast cancer. In fact, more women die of heart disease than from all types of cancer combined.
Here are 10 easy ways to help your daughter learn to stay heart healthy:
- Seek her input in planning and cooking heart healthy meals for the family
- Keep cut up fruit and vegetables with tasty dips like hummus on hand in the refrigerator for quick snacks
- Walk with her to school instead of drive
- Sign her up for a soccer, softball, lacrosse or another recreational sports team
- Take her for a swim on the weekends at the town pool
- Remind her often about the perils of smoking
- Have her save some of her allowance and donate it personally to an organization that does research on heart disease
- Wear red with pride today, and be sure to tell everyone why.
- When there’s extra daylight, go for a stroll after dinner instead of sitting down to watch television.