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Women Encouraged to Invest in Their Health and Fitness

Recognizing National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, September 29, 2010

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The statistics are shocking: 90 percent of American women “fall short” of pursuing a healthy diet, and 85 percent do not spend at least 30 minutes exercising five days a week, reports the American Cancer Society.

It’s time for women to change their habits.

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day – September 29, 2010 – provides an opportunity for women to take a few minutes to evaluate their personal health and fitness and develop a plan to improve, such as making time for regular physical activity or eating more nutritious meals.

Consider this list of the top health concerns for women:

  1. Heart disease. Historically, Americans have considered heart disease a “man’s” disease, but each year, more than 500,000 American women die from heart attacks associated with cardiovascular disease.
  2. Cancer. One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime. Women are most commonly diagnosed with lung cancer, followed by breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
  3. Strokes. Each year, more than 425,000 women have strokes.
  4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). About 20 percent of American women suffer from COPD, including bronchitis and emphysema.
  5. Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 5 percent of women over age 65 have Alzheimer’s disease.

While there are many risk factors associated with each health concern, women can reduce these risks by changing their habits and pursuing a healthier lifestyle:

  • Avoid smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Cut back on foods high in saturated fats and sodium.
  • Eat vegetables, fruits, fish, and foods made with fiber and whole grains.
  • Reduce high cholesterol or blood pressure by following recommendations from your health professional. Diabetics should keep blood sugar under control.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes, several times each week.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Enjoy alcohol in moderation.
  • Monitor and manage stress.

Make the decision today to improve your health and fitness!

What are you doing to pursue a healthier lifestyle? Are you exercising regularly or working at eating healthier? Share your experiences and I’ll post a summary of the responses in a future blog. –Karen

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