LOVE YOUR HEART ~ LIKE I LOVE MINE!

National Wear Red Day ~ February 6, 2009

One day a year, what you wear is a matter of life and death. As a personal branding coach, I frequently speak on the impact of creating your own “personal brand” and your “signature style” in order to be remembered and build relationships – whether it’s for personal or for business reasons. Your personal brand is your promise of value. What you wear and how you wear it create your personal style – it’s the essence of you.

I won’t have any difficulty going into my closet on February 6th to decide what to wear. I know how I want to be remembered that day. I’ll be selecting something red in order to show my support in this fight against heart disease.

As a local leader for the Go Red For Women movement for the past six years, I am grateful to be a part of this cause and to see the advancement we’ve had over the years. The Metro Detroit region continues to rank as one of the top cities in the country, even though we are flooded with unenthusiastic news – foreclosures, layoffs, downsizing, people leaving the city, and the like. There truly is a strong heart in this city of mine that I love.

On National Wear Red Day, February 6, 2009, millions of Americans will wear red to show their commitment to the fight against heart disease in women. By wearing red and making a donation of $5 or more, you can help us raise $35 million for heart research and education programs.

The number 1 killer of American women is due to cardiovascular disease. Of the women who die each year, one in three dies from cardiovascular disease.

Love Your Heart — How To Be Heart Healthy
♥ Know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers
♥ Exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week
♥ If you smoke, quit now
♥ Lose excess weight
♥ Know your family history of heart disease
♥ Eat healthy, including fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods and fish
♥ If you drink alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation
♥ Limit food high in saturated fats and dietary cholesterol
♥ Limit your salt intake to 2300 mg of sodium per day
♥ Schedule an appointment with your doctor to understand your risk

Wear Red Day is also the time to make an important promise to yourself – the promise to love your heart by doing everything you can to reduce your risk factors. To learn more, visit http://www.goredforwomen.org. Take the Go Red Heart CheckUp and share it with others.

Join me in Detroit on February 25th for our annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Heart Healthy Luncheon, including a silent auction and educational sessions.

I am making a promise to myself to take care of my heart. Will you join me?

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5 Responses to LOVE YOUR HEART ~ LIKE I LOVE MINE!

  1. Dana Fortier says:

    This is such an important issue for women and I’m glad you put the word out there!

  2. Thanks Jill, what a great post. I’ll be wearing red tomorrow!

  3. asnvirtualservices says:

    Thanks for the blog, Jill. Sometimes us women forget to put our health front-and-center where it should be.

  4. I’ll be wearing red today!

    This is great information to share – no matter how many times women have heard it. The more you know, the better your choices can be.

  5. Dana – I look forward to the American Heart Association event that we’re going to next week!

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