The fight against heart disease in women has come a long way in the 10 years since the American Heart Association first began focusing attention on how heart disease is not, in fact, a “man’s disease.” But the fight is far from over.
That was the message at The Huffington Post and the AHA’s panel discussion Wednesday, at Huffington Post Media Group headquarters. While more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved thanks to increased awareness, heart disease is still the number one killer of women. In fact, heart disease kills more women each year than all forms of cancer combined.
The members of the panel — who ranged from cardiologists to fitness experts and psychiatry professors — each had a unique approach to heart health, but everyone could agree that we can all make changes for better health.
The panelists, moderated by HuffPost Healthy Living’s executive editor Laura Schocker, agreed that women are likely to put others first, taking care of their jobs, families and friends before themselves. But this attitude is ultimately detrimental to everyone. “You cannot serve the world if you’re not serving yourself first,” said Ary Nunez, the founder of Gotham Global Fitness.
Crystal Wall, owner of Mix Fitz Fitness and a Feel Rich ambassador, stressed the importance of baby steps, since daily life can be too demanding to make over all at once. “Take care of yourself, but don’t beat yourself up either,” she said. “You can’t do everything perfectly.”
SOURCE: Huffington Post