About Me

Note from Maria: I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health Degree in Nutrition from UNC at Chapel Hill. I have a passion for helping people with nutrition & wellness, especially moms. Women & moms provide care for everyone else often at the expense of considering their own needs. I hope to provide good resources to you to help you make nutrition and wellness a priority.

Friday, February 1, 2013

#1 of Killer of Women...Heart Disease

Did you know that the #1 killer of women is heart disease. Today was National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Here is more information on the organization who started this: http://www.goredforwomen.org/

Heart disease is caused by a build up of plaque in arteries over many years. You can help reduce this build up by not smoking, engaging in regular exercise and following a healthy eating pattern to include lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, low fat dairy and choosing healthy fats - such as omega 3 fats and olive oil.

Here is a link to info on healthy eating:

For more info on choosing healthy fats follow this link:

It is important to know that when women have a heart attack, they don't always feel the same classic symptoms that men do such as crushing chest pain. Symptoms for women include nausea/vomiting, neck/shoulder/back pain, sweating, lightheadedness, and fatigue. For more follow this link: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/HB00040

If you would like to assess your risk of developing heart disease, follow this link to a risk assessment quiz:

Keep your heart healthy!! 

No comments:

Post a Comment