Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Did you know that Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States?! I did because I used to work for this company who was VERY Safety-Oriented (Bechtel - heard of em??) and I did a safety topic when I worked there. I remember when Toni Braxton was the spokesperson for the American Heart Association. (She's so beautiful! And such a talented singer!)
Sara Lee Fresh Bakery knows the first step to a healthy heart is maintaining a healthy weight and getting the nutrition women need in order to live a strong life and care for their families.
Here are some facts for you, taken from the CDC's website:
* Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States.1
* In 2005, 652,091 people died of heart disease (50.5% of them women). This was 27.1% of all U.S. deaths. The age-adjusted death rate was 222 per 100,000 population
* Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives, blacks, Hispanics, and whites. For Asians and Pacific Islanders, cancer is the leading cause of death (accounting for 27.5% of all deaths), heart disease is a close second (25.0%)
* Risk factors for heart disease among adults (for years 2003–2004 unless noted, age-adjusted):
Percentage of persons aged 20 years and older with hypertension or taking hypertension medications: 32.1%
Percentage of persons aged 20 years and older with high blood cholesterol: 16.9%
Percentage of persons aged 20 years and older with physician-diagnosed diabetes: 10.0%
Percentage of persons aged 20 years and older who are obese: 32.0%
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who are current cigarette smokers (2004-2006): 18.4%
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who engage in no leisure-time physical activity (2006): 39.5%
Are you at risk? Go take the Quiz.
I'm a smoker... and I don't get enough activity. So I'm at risk.
Sara Lee is partnering with The Heart Truth Campaign to raise awareness of heart disease among women and encourage them to make heart healthy food choices every day. One of the best things a mom can do for her family is to take care of herself!
To support the campaign, Sara Lee Fresh Bakery is offering heart healthy sandwich recipes in the WomenHeart’s ALL HEART Family Cookbook and will contribute one dollar for every cookbook ordered up to $35,000 to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.
Do you want to win one? Then go fill out this form.
Please also leave a comment here so that I know that you entered.
This contest is open to all U.S. residents and ends Wednesday, April 15th.