01 June 2010

Jennie Garth encourages women to build healthier lives with Go Red BetterU

Heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States, claims the life of one in three women—that statistic translates to almost one woman each minute. According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac events in women are linked to poor choices, involving diet, exercise and smoking.

Anerican Heart Association, along with actress Jennie Garth, is hoping to change that statistic by offering a free online 12-week makeover, Go Red BetterU.

Go Red For Women spokesperson Jennie Garth, who speaks from experience as she lost her father to heart disease and suffers from her own heart condition, said, "Making the right choices for my heart isn't always easy, but my family history of heart disease has inspired me to live a better life for myself and my daughters," she said. "Go Red BetterU isn't about fad diets or trends, it helps busy women, like me, learn the skills to easily build healthier and better lives for ourselves and our families."

Go Red BetterU is a free and 24/7 accessible program available at GoRedForWomen.org. A coaching tool is available to help women achieve goals and provides daily reminders, tips, interactive videos, and a personalized journal.

"Research shows that 90 percent of American women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease," said Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., Go Red For Women spokeswoman and director of Nuclear Cardiology at New York University. "It is imperative that women start making healthy choices, no matter how small or simple, to reduce their risk and beat heart disease."

For more information visit GoRedForWomen.org.

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