Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women? Heart disease kills about one woman every minute. More women die of cardiovascular disease than all forms of cancer!
If you didn’t know this, then you are not alone. Only 21 percent of women realize the major threat that heart disease poses. That means that 79 percent of us (including me!), aren’t nearly as educated as we should be. In the spirit of Heart Disease Awareness Month it’s time to change those stats.
As a woman with a young family, a busy career, and very little “me” time, I can fully appreciate how easy it is to let the stresses of life get in the way of making sure that we, as women, take care of ourselves. But when we stop to reflect, it’s easier than we think to start living longer, stronger, and healthier lives. I recently attended a seminar where a representative from the American Heart Association was speaking, and she narrowed down her message to this: “Move more, eat less.” As much as I complain about how busy and stressful my life is, I can definitely do that. Moving more and eating less is within my control and if it can help save my life, then I’m in!
Because we are an insurance agency of mostly women employees, and co-owned by sisters, this is definitely a cause that is near and dear to our hearts…literally!! That’s why we participated in National Wear Red Day on February 7th, and why for the entire month of February, Heart Disease Awareness Month, we are having Casual Fridays with all proceeds raised being donated to the American Heart Association. Every Friday, our employees are encouraged to dress-down for a suggested minimum donation of $1, and at the end of the month, the agency will match the total donations. So if you happen to stop by our office on a Friday and you think we look a little casual, know that it’s for a good cause! Let’s all get heart-healthy together!
Author: Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon, vice president of Loiselle Insurance Agency