Healthy Heart Challenge is over - how did I go?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in Australia. Today in the NSW Parliament we will get the chance to debate a motion I put forward about Heart Disease. The motion coincides with the end of the Healthy Heart Challenge run by the Heart Foundation.
The Healthy Heart Challenge asked women to agree to taking action to learn about heart disease, find out more about their own personal risk of getting the disease and then take action over 10 weeks to reduce the risks. That action could be to increase exercise, improve diet, quit smoking and learn more about reducing cholesterol and blood pressure.
I have taken part in the Healthy Heart Challenge. As a result of the challenge I:
- visited my GP and talked to him about what I can do to reduce my chances of getting heart disease.
- read more about the symptoms of heart attack
- started exercising regularly, and
- started changing my diet and have lost a few kg's. I'll need to lose a few more but I'm on my way
The Healthy Heart Challenge is something I encourage all women to think about doing next year. See you then. In the meantime check out the Heart Foundation's website and support their work to reduce heart disease in our community.