My Mom and I were very close and when she died suddenly of heart disease my world changed forever. I miss her every day but I thank God she was my Mom.
Last year, I decided to be more proactive with my health so that I could have the chance to live a long, healthy life. I set out to become better educated about cardiovascular disease and through the Go Red for Women Better U program I learned how to lose weight by eating healthy and doing the right exercises for me.
Along the way I made it my mission to help save women's lives. Did you know that 80% of cardiac events in women could be prevented if we make the right choices for our hearts, by eating healthy, exercising, and not smoking? I also learned the startling statistic that 1 in 3 women will die from cardiovascular disease! It is the number one killer of women age 20 and over, with one woman dying every minute from heart disease.
So I got mad (at myself for gaining 20 pounds) and I saw Red (Go Red for Women)! Now I am making choices that will make my heart healthier and increase my chance of living a long life and I thank the American Heart Association for the Go Red Challenge and the Go Red for Women movement.
We can all take charge and live healthier lives by using the resources the American Heart Association provides. Please take the free assessment at www.mylifecheck.org. and attend the Go Red for Women luncheon February 29, 2012 where we share our stories, learn from experts, bid on awesome purses, and have fun with other women.
Make it your mission to save one woman’s life…yours, by educating yourself and making the necessary changes in your life so your loved ones will have you around for a long time.
I'm praying for you to be Healthy,
Bonnie Robert Will
2012 Lafayette Go Red For Women Chair
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