Every 80 seconds, one woman is killed by heart disease and/or stroke
February is Heart Healthy Month and Black History Month. Together…… they highlight two very important movements to save lives; Go Red For Women and African-American Health Risks.
In the United States,
every 80 seconds one woman is killed by heart disease and/or stroke.
That’s 1 in 3 deaths among women each year.
Did you know that 80% of these deaths can be prevented with education and action? Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer of both men and women, but steps can be taken to reduce risk and improve outcome.
This February 3rd help the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women celebrate American Heart Month and raise heart disease awareness by participating in National Wear Red Day.
Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.
Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.
Black History Month
Every February Americans celebrate Black History Month as well as the achievements and role in history of black Americans.
In the biking world, one of today’s most influential women’s movements is Black Girls Do Bike! (BGDB). I had the privilege of sitting down and speaking with Monica Garrison last year at the League of American Bicyclist Summit in DC.
Her grassroots effort has resulted in women, of all shades, joining up to learn about bicycling, their communities and each other all while having fun on their bikes. In her interview with Bicycling.com, Monica share the many benefits she’s found with cycling, including stress-relief; which can lower high blood pressure and the risk of a stroke. Also, many members of BGDB are making huge impacts at the local levels by getting involved in community initiatives through partnering with other organizations and holding seats on boards.
Tying Black History to Heart Health
This month is especially important to the American Heart Association because it gives them an opportunity to connect more closely with the black community and educate on specific health issues they face. Differences in culture, lifestyle, and genetics have an impact on the cardiovascular health of all races, but blacks have some of the highest risk.
Heart Health History of African Americans and Other Black Lineages
Did you know that blacks have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites?
Or that over half of black men and over 75% of black women are obese?
African-American risk facts:
- Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women, killing over 48,000 annually.
- Among African-Americans adults, 48 percent of women and 46 percent of men have some form
- of cardiovascular disease.
- Among African-American adults, 46 percent of women and 45 percent of men have high blood pressure.
- Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 48.3% have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only 14% believe that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health problem.
- Only about 50% of African-American women are aware that pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, or arms is a sign of a heart attack.
Though the results we get from riding will vary and regardless if you ride 10 miles a day or 10 hours a week, riding your bike and connecting with the cycling community will truly have a positive impact on your health; body and soul.
Go Red! Go Ride!
All statics above are according to and taken from the American Heart Association website. Visit www.heart.org for detailed information.