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Go Red for 2011: Join the Fight Against Heart Disease Today and Everyday

Today is National Wear Red Day, the first Friday of February, when Americans nationwide are encouraged by the Heart Truth campaign to wear red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness.  The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.  Today is meant to remind women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.

So, pull out your red garb, toss it on, and take a moment today to educate yourself on how you can lower your risk of heart disease.  Then, take action.  Don’t just wear red today.  Make a consistent effort to add heart-healthy food to your diet everyday.  It’s not as hard as you might think.  In fact, it’s downright tasty.  Here are the three most important foods for fighting heart disease. 

Fresh or frozen vegetables,  lightly steamed or eaten raw. Those with the brightest colors contain the most antioxidants, including carotenoids and flavonoids that will hel  p work with the body to fight many cancers and diseases.

Fresh fruit. Eat for a variety of colors to get the biggest range of nutrients into the body.

Whole grains. The Harvard School of Public Health reports that a diet rich in whole grains substantially lowers total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin levels, which would all be expected to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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