Healthy heart is about making the right choices

The Wellness Committee of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Auxiliary encourages entire community to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease by participating in Wear Red Day on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Most of the time, selecting clothing isn’t that critical. But on Wear Red Day, it’s vitally important because wearing red that day makes a statement about the No. 1 killer of American women: cardiovascular disease.
Too many women die each year because they are unaware that one in three women suffers in silence, and almost one woman dies every minute of this largely preventable disease. The Wellness Committee believes that wearing red on Feb. 10 will open a dialogue between patients and doctors, and help spread the word to the community about making the right choices and taking action.

Our Hearts. Our Choice
Transform your health with small, simple choices. Here are some great tips:
• Think lifestyle, not diet. It’s the small choices that make a huge difference.
• Use the nutrition facts panel and ingredients list when choosing foods to buy.
• Plan your meals, your grocery list, your snacks and your physical activity.
• Write your physical activity time on your calendar. Make an appointment with yourself — and don’t break it!
• Check food labels for number of servings per container.
• Helping someone with healthy habits motivates you to stick to your plans. You’ll feel good too.
• Write down your eating and physical activity habits to help you track your challenges and successes.
• Don’t let your mood control your food. Ask yourself why you want to eat before you pick up a snack

How can you speak up for others?
• Tell everyone you know that the #1 killer of women is heart disease. It kills more women than all cancers combined.
• Share your voice to empower others by example.
• Wear Red on February 10 and tell everyone that you are supporting the Wellness Committee’s efforts to increase awareness about cardiovascular disease.

How can you speak up for yourself?
• Tell your family you will change your eating and exercise habits and need their support.
• Ask your favorite restaurant for heart healthy options for any meal you eat.
• Ask your doctor for a lipo-protein blood screen.
• Talk with your doctor or nurse to design a personal action plan that works for you and your lifestyle.
To conclude Wear Red Day on Feb. 10, the Wellness Committee is sponsoring a free presentation titled Women and Heart Disease. The one-hour program will be held at the Purcell Center beginning at 5 p.m. and will be presented by Dr. Aneta Dimova, an Internist affiliated with Margaretville Hospital and HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley.
To learn more about Wear Red Day or the Women and Heart Disease presentation, visit www.MargaretvilleAux. org or to register your business or organization for this event visit www.centralcatskills. com.