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West Virginia Women Go Red for Heart Health. Model Talk. Welcome. Thank you for coming today to learn how to “Love Your Heart.” This is a joint project of the West Virginia University Extension Service and the American Heart Association.

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  • Thank you for coming today to learn how to “Love Your Heart.”
  • This is a joint project of the West Virginia University Extension Service and the American Heart Association.
  • Let’s introduce ourselves. Tell us your name and why you came.
wv women go red project overview
WV Women Go Red: Project Overview
  • Created in Wood County for W.Va. women
  • Personal heart health information
  • Woman-to-woman learning experience
what to expect from today s talk
What to Expect fromToday’s Talk
  • Complete a short survey before and after
  • Learn about heart disease and women
  • Hear women’s stories about their experiences
  • Talk about how to help ourselves and our families
  • Pledge to “Love Your Heart”
the first survey
The First Survey
  • Please take a minute and fill out the short survey.
why is heart health important to women in west virginia
Why is heart health important to women in West Virginia?
  • Heart disease kills more women than all other causes combined (2.4 out of 5 deaths)
  • Stroke is the #3 killer in West Virginia and the U.S.
  • Women may not know they can prevent heart problems
why learn about heart disease in women
Why learn about heart disease in women?
  • Less than 15% of women surveyed thought of heart disease as the #1 threat to their own health.
  • Women may connect heart disease with men

or the elderly, not with themselves.

what is important to you
What is important to you?
  • Think about your life. What would you hate to miss?
  • Do you want to learn ways to better care for yourself and your family?
  • Today, we will share information that can change your life and maybe even save it.
the heart of the mountains video
The Heart of the Mountains video
  • Let’s learn about heart disease from West Virginia women.
  • The Heart of the Mountains video was created aboutWest Virginia women for West Virginia women like you. Let’s hear their stories….
let s talk about the video
Let’s Talk About the Video
  • What new information did you learn?
  • Did anything surprise you?
  • Did you see anyone you know or who reminds you of someone you know?
  • What changes did they make in their lives to adjust to heart disease?
  • What advice did they have for us as West Virginia women?
what do you need to know to protect yourself and your family
What Do You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family?
  • Let’s look at our handouts to learn more about…

Your risk factors (some controllable, some not)

Ways to lower your risks

Signs and symptoms

Know your numbers

Where to get help and more information

what can women do
What can women do?
  • Learn ways to protect ourselves and our families
  • Live a heart healthy life by: buying and eating healthier foods

adding more physical activity to our routines

knowing your numbers

talking to your healthcare provider to lower risk

  • Share this knowledge with other women. Encourage them to “love your heart”
can you help us spread the word
Can You Help Us Spread the Word?
  • Who do you know who needs these health messages?
  • Think of other places to share this message.

What places can you think of?

  • Would you be willing to talk to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, church members or civic group?
the heart pledge
The Heart Pledge
  • Please join me in the American Heart Association’s Go Red Pledge.
  • Place your hand over your heart
  • Breathe deeply
  • Think about your heartbeat and what your heart means
  • Repeat after me:
  • I promise to be heart healthy by . . .
  • Visiting my healthcare provider to learn how to make heart-healthy habits part of my daily life.
  • Knowing my numbers by tracking blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and weight to keep them in a healthy range.
  • Incorporating physical activity into my daily routine.
  • Adding more color to my plate by eating more fruits and vegetables daily.
  • With this promise I will become a part of the Go Red for Women movement and join the right against heart disease.
learn more about your heart
Learn More About Your Heart
  • Talk with your healthcare provider. Ask about your risk factors and ways to lower risks.
  • Take a Go Red Heart Checkup on the website www.goredforwomen.org.
  • Other good resources are:

American Heart Association 1-800-926-4278 or www.heart.org

Your WVU County Extension Office www.ext.wvu.edu

West Virginia CARDIAC Project www.cardiacwv.org

WVU Center of Excellence in Women’s Health www.wvhealthywomen.org

what do you think of the love your heart talk
What do you think of theLove Your Heart Talk?
  • Please take a moment to fill out the survey.

It helps us make this a meaningful experience for other women like you.

the end
The End
  • Thank you for coming today.
  • Thanks to ___________ for providing our meeting space.
  • Drive safely, wear your seatbelts, and
  • “Love Your Heart!”