This Friday, February 3rd, marks the American Heart Association’s 14th annual “National Wear Red Day.” This life-saving event raises awareness of heart disease – the leading cause of death among women – by encouraging people to wear red and discuss ways to prevent this chronic disease.
At Meatless Monday, we take this issue to heart. So much so, we believe that attention to heart health should be kept top of mind all year-round. And participating in Meatless Monday is an easy and effective way to do just that.
According to doctors, one of the top ways to decrease your risk of heart disease is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. For many, this means reducing the amount of meat consumed each week and replacing it with vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. In fact, eating less meat and more fruits and veggies also lowers your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
To get an idea of your current heart health, you can take a simple online test from the AHA called Life’s Simple 7. In addition to diet, you can also help prevent heart disease by controlling your cholesterol, managing your blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your blood sugar and, of course, quit smoking.
We’ll also give you a hand. Want to really bring home the message of heart healthy eating? Then download our free “Comfort Food Heart Healthy Cookbook.” Inside you’ll find 11 deliciously satisfying meatless recipes. Comfort food so good, you’ll love it with all your heart!