Healthy Heart Challenge

 With fellow members of the Healthy Heart Challenge, part of the Go Red for Women campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

As ambassador for the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart Challenge, I invite Canberra women to sign up for this year’s Challenge and join me in making a difference to women’s heart health.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Australia, killing four times as many women as breast cancer and the Healthy Heart Challenge asks women to choose a small, realistic goal for 10 weeks, including being active every day, improving their nutrition or quitting smoking, as a practical way for women to improve their heart health behaviours.

Sometimes, as women, we need to be told it is okay to put ourselves first, so a key focus of the challenge is encouraging women to take better care of themselves. If they can make small, realistic changes they can make an important difference to their heart health in the long term.

I have chosen to increase my knowledge of heart health which means I will be learning about my blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

Also, though I take regular exercise I still sit for long periods each day so I’ll be taking the Heart Foundation’s advice on what to do about that.

I have been joined today by many of Canberra’s leading women, but I’d like to encourage more to sign up and address this vital health issue over the next 10 weeks,” she said.

I was joined by ACT Minister for Women, Joy Burch, WIN News presenter Danielle Post and heart attack survivor and Associate Professor at the ANU, Juleen Cavanaugh, in launching the Healthy Heart Challenge at the Legislative Assembly.

For more information on the challenge and to register online go towww.goredforwomen.org.au