A few weeks ago I traveled to Chicago with American Heart Association to kick off their newest Go Red For Women campaign, #YouGoGirl. I’ve been a long time supporter of American Heart Association. Their Red Dress Collection fashion show is one of my all time favorite events during fashion week. So when I was asked to help kick off this campaign I was thrilled. And then I thought, “Oh snap, I haven’t been to the doctor in forever!” (feel free to judge me!)
As a freelancer (read: I have NO insurance) I’ve been more focused on making money and less on my health. But I feel like I am not alone. Women are strong, powerful and dynamic — but what we are not are superheroes. Well, in theory that’s debatable. But the reality is that our bodies need the same love and care that we dish out to our family and friends.
Nearly 500,000 American women are lost each year to cardiovascular disease and stroke, and sadly we just aren’t taking the necessary steps to care for ourselves. The American Heart Association’s initiative, Go Red For Women, aims to dispel myths and raise awareness of preventative measures that women can take for their health.
Now is the time for us to start a movement! Go Red For Women is encouraging us to make their health a priority and challenge your friends, sisters, mothers, aunts, cousins, grandmothers and neighbors to do the same (did I forget anyone?).
You know the world revolves around a hashtag so during this movement, we’re rallying together via #YouGoGirl, to encourage all women to go to their Well-Woman visits and celebrate those who have already done so (Have you?). What many don’t realize, myself included, is that a Well-Woman visit is different from other regular exams. They are crucial in the fight for women’s health and provide doctors the chance to look for signs of serious illnesses, such as heart disease and stroke.
Here’s an easy way to remember that your health is your priority!
Get Your Numbers
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose.
Own Your Lifestyle
Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active, and eat healthy.
Raise Your Voice
Advocate for more women-related research and education.
Educate Your Family
Make healthy food choices and teach kids the importance of staying active.
Show your support with a donation of time or money.
The American Heart Association is aimed to reduce heart disease and stroke deaths by 20% by the year 2020. Let’s start by getting our well-woman visit! I’m going at the top of the year, when are you? (me judging you now!)
And because I love you and maybe you need a little incentive, enter for your chance to win a Go Red For Women prize pack or one of THREE #YouGoGirl Mega prize packs!
Disclaimer: While this post is sponsored by American Heart Association, you beauties know that all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make my blog possible!