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Disease: The Forgotten Women; Small Steps = Big Gains.
OF THE BOOK:
education & awareness,
with women-team approach, partner with their healthcare provider
steps make a difference
Disease is the #1 killer of women, and although we have made
significant strides, black women and Latinas are the “forgotten
the statistics: 68% Caucasian women knew heart disease was #1
killer compared to 34% Hispanics and 38% black women.
are at greater risk for heart disease, stroke and other
cardiovascular diseases than Caucasians. The prevalence
of these diseases in black females is 39.6 percent, compared
23.8 percent in white females.
black or African-American females ages 20 and older, 77.3
percent are overweight or obese.
risk of heart disease and stroke increases with physical
inactivity. Physical inactivity is more prevalent in women,
and Hispanics. For African-American females age 18 and
older, 55.2 percent are inactive, compared to 36.2 percent
of white females.
American Heart Association Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2004
disease and stroke are the leading causes of death
for Hispanics, and are responsible for 32.2 percent of
in Hispanic females.
inactivity is more prevalent in women, African-Americans
and Hispanics. 39.6 percent of Hispanic women 18
and older are physically inactive.
percent of Mexican-American women age 20 and older
are overweight or obese.
American Heart Association Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2006
the statistics clearly show that women of color are at very
high risk of developing and dying from heart disease at much
higher rates than their Caucasian sisters, the word about their
high risk just doesn’t seem to be reaching them.
every indication suggests that if women of color only realized
their risk, they could make vital changes to avert their fate.
That’s because the poor heart health of many women of color
is directly related to their lifestyles: They’re less likely
to eat a healthy diet, less likely to exercise, are more stressed
and are more likely to smoke than Caucasian women.
solution, Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas, the first
and only book that presents a simple, inexpensive five-week plan
to help every woman of color get back on the track to a heart
healthy lifestyle by taking small gradual steps – starting today.
education among women of color is crucial. Trying to live a
healthy, happy, productive life while holding down a
job and caring for our families can be challenging for even the
most motivated among us. So what can these women do? Actually,
quite a lot.
Smart will help you learn exactly how following our easy 5-week
program can lead you, step by simple step, to a more energized,
more active, and heart healthier life.
too often, self-help books require profound changes in every
area of life, all at once –that almost guarantees failure.
After all, if it were easy to make significant life changes, we’d
all be doing it! Instead, in a gentle, supportive way, this book
guides women of color toward making small weekly changes in three
critical areas: diet, exercise, and stress reduction.
Let’s face it – so many of us have that classic “all
or nothing” attitude. If we slip off our diet and have one
chocolate cream doughnut, we think we’ve failed and we throw
the entire diet plan in the trash. If we don’t have the time
to exercise five days a week for an hour a day, we don’t
exercise at all. We tell ourselves: “What’s the use?” We’re
all so hard on ourselves, and often feel if we aren’t the
stick-thin, physically active overachiever on television, we figure
there’s no point in even trying. And the heavier we are,
the more hopeless we tend to feel.
becoming Heart Smart, our readers will learn that any daily
exercise or activity is better than being a couch potato. Even
if it’s only 10 minutes of exercise every day – what
a difference it can make! Any reduction in calories, or any new
healthier food added to the plate, is better than nothing at all.
Even if it’s omitting just one serving of fried foods, it
can really add up!
point is that you don’t have to eliminate all of your
favorite foods or drastically change the way you live. By taking
small steps and slowly decreasing unhealthy habits, while slowly
substituting healthier habits – you’ll feel better
and also decrease your risk of heart disease. A few small steps
equal big gains for your heart and your life.
don’t have to radically change the way you live to have
a heart healthier life. In five weeks, you can lose weight, enjoy
healthy meals, start to exercise sensibly, and celebrate each new
day you’ll get to see. You can do this by following our 5-week
program to a heart healthy lifestyle: Small steps, big gains!
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