Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Are you up for the Healthy Heart Challenge?

Heart Week 1-7 May 2011

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To mark Heart Week (1-7 May) the Heart Foundation is launching the Healthy Heart Challenge, a free, ten week program that will help women take control of their heart health.

During Heart Week 2011, GPs, hospitals as well as health and community organisations will come together to raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of Australian women.

“The Healthy Heart Challenge will help women make small, realistic yet significant steps to change their lifestyle. Changes, which if adopted permanently, will make a big difference to their heart health,” said Tony Thirlwell, Heart Foundation CEO – NSW.

“We want women to register for the Challenge during May and get ready to make long term changes when the Challenge starts on 1 June – and we’ll help you every step of the way.

Heart Week is the perfect time to take up the Healthy Heart Challenge – get your friends, family or colleagues to join you and take that first step towards a longer, healthier life together,” he added.

To keep track of their progress, each participant will receive a link to their online pack and a weekly eNewsletter full of tips, recipes and information to stay motivated throughout their Healthy Heart Challenge.

Apart from the lifesaving health benefits, participants will also receive free entry into an amazing prize draw with the opportunity to win gym memberships, cooking products and consultation sessions with a dietitian.

“If you are able to make changes for ten weeks, then you’re well on the way to improving your overall long term health,” Mr Thirlwell said.

“Heart disease isn’t just a problem for men – it’s the number one killer of Australian women and kills four times as many women as breast cancer,” he added.

To take part in the Healthy Heart Challenge, which starts on 1 June, simply register today at goredforwomen.org.au and select one of the following six goals:

1. Be active everyday
2. Improve everyday nutrition
3. Increase knowledge of heart health
4. Quit smoking
5. Lower high blood pressure
6. Lower high cholesterol levels

“The good news is that heart disease is largely preventable, which is why the Heart Foundation is passionate about empowering women to take charge of their heart health, go for regular health checks and be aware of the risk factors,” Mr Thirlwell said.

Each year Go Red for Women relies heavily on the generosity of corporate sponsors, as we continue to educate women about their risk of cardiovascular disease, through local and national events, research, advocacy and surveys.

For more information please contact: Kerry Kalcher, NSW Media and Communications Manager Mobile 0401 672 128 or Direct line (02) 9219 2433

I am registering.

Are you?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the heads up Julia.
    I've registered.