Monday, March 16, 2009

Only YOU can prevent heart disease


So, we've already established that I love Cheerios. But, now I love them even more.

This week I want to draw attention to a little something that Cheerios is doing to help the cause of women's heart health.

You've probably heard the statistics about how coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. Did you know high cholesterol is one of the major factors in coronary heart disease? This can be prevented, people! High cholesterol can be controlled with diet and medication, but if you don't get screened, how can you prevent it?

This is where Cheerios comes in. Their campaign - Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts - is working hard to get the word out there about this important cause. You'll find specially marked boxes of Cheerios that have codes inside. When you go to www.cheerioshelpinghearts.com and enter your code, Cheerios will donate $1, up to $200,000 to raise awareness about women's coronary heart disease and to fund cholesterol screenings for women in need.

Never in my life have I believed in preventative medicine MORE than when I started working at a hospital.

I see men and women come in there in their forties with serious heart problems, cancer, all sorts of stuff that could have been prevented, if only they had received preventative medical care.

Ladies, you already get the girls and the hoo ha checked by a doc every year - it doesn't take much more time or effort to add a cholesterol screening to that tiny list. You, and your heart, are worth it.

And remember to go to the website when you finish your boxes of Cheerios (or, after your kids dump the entire contents of the box on the floor...) to enter the code and help spread the word about this cause.

So, three of you are going to be receiving beautiful freshwater pearl bracelets, courtesy of My Blog Spark and Cheerios. Each bracelet has a heart charm to represent women's heart health. I received mine in the mail, and it's gorgeous!

I love pretty things, and I love me some BLING, so I know there are some of you out there who want one, too.

So, here's how you can win! Be sure to follow the directions, ok? They're simple. Really.

In order to win, you MUST:
  • Leave a comment telling me what YOU do to take care of your heart OR tell me about a woman you know who suffers from heart disease
If you want EXTRA entries:
  • Follow my blog. I love followers - you are my favorite. And occasionally, I do giveaways that are ONLY for my followers, so it's best that you just go ahead and jump on that bandwagon 5 minutes ago, okay?
  • Blog about my giveaway - the more of us spreading awareness, the better.
  • Follow me on Twitter. Click here to do that, and leave me your Twitter name in the comment so I know you're not pullin' my leg.
Leave me a separate comment for each entry so you get all the chances you deserve, okay?

Contest ends on Sunday, March 22nd at midnight - I'll announce the winner on Monday, the 23rd.

Now, mosey along. Go eat your morning bowl of Cheerios and dream about the beautimous pearl bracelet that COULD be yours...



*This post is a part of Tuesday's Tribute, hosted by Jay at Halftime Lessons and Deb at Dirty Socks and Pizza.

26 comments:

Deb said...

oh i love this! using your superpowers for good! i eat cheerios and i exercise to keep my heart healthy! i also am now following you on twitter... debwilliams... that's me!

Liza767 said...

i cut out butter

Liza767 said...

Congratulations, Liza767
You are now following Laughing Through the Chaos

Liza767 said...

liza767 is now following ChaoticMama.

sassy stephanie said...

I work out! Cardio and weights. I've even been known to run a marathon (or six).

sassy stephanie said...

I follow you!

silverhartgirl said...

i do start my day with cheerios. I don't smoke and I try to exercise daily.
silverhartgirl at gmail.com

Kristen said...

I'm planning on getting a tread mill. Does that count?

Hmm. I wonder where I can get a pearl necklace to go with that bracelet. (Oh yeah. I just went there. I couldn't stop myself.) Am I grounded?

whereismymind said...

Ooh, we eat tons of Cheerios around here! (Mostlly because I'm too lazy to make breakfast, so the kids get a baggie of dry cereal...) I'll totally be doing this!

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

I eat Cheerios and go to the gym. I havent been in a few weeks but WILL go back. Honest.

angie said...

I just discovered the banana nut cheerios and the whole family in is love!

Halftime Lessons said...

What do I do to keep my heart healthy?

I love.

Great post, contest, and cause, sweetie...well done.

Jay

Debbie said...

I'm a follower.

Debbie said...

I eat healthy (except for the oatmeal pie obsession right now) and walk.

Jenners said...

OK, OK. I'll get my cholesterol checked.

Kara said...

Hi! Being healthy has never been so important to me as it is now that I'm a mommy! I walk with my daughter every day, and am training to run a 5K. And I eat Cheerios for breakfast every day--for reals!!

Berek said...

I've done several things. In addition to taking medication which lowered my bad cholesterol and raised my good, I lost 30 pounds and started paying attention to what I was eating, switching fruits for sugary junk.

Charlene Wehrle said...

Think Spring!!! Get out and walk, walk, walk. Eat right and make a difference. Reward yourself with flowers not food.

charwehrle@yahoo.com

Judie said...

is this still open? I get my Cholesteral checked every year and my BP checked frequently. My cholesteral is under control with meds, but my triglicerides are always on the high side. I am now taking Krill Essentials and will have my blood tested again next month. I also have Mitral Valve prolapse and make sure I'm given antibiotics anytime i have surgery or dental work done, to keep from getting an infection in the heart valve. My husband died of heart problems at 58 after having multiple heart attacks and quadruple bi-pass surgery. Judie

exotic1 said...

I eat cheerios with skim milk and sometimes strawberries. I am also starting a walking regiment. I lost a dear friend this past winter who was young to heart disease. I will miss her dearly. My father died at age 46 when I was a young girl from heart disease and due to this I have had a stress test at age 40 and my cholesterol checked. Thanks for the review & sharing this giveaway.

exotic1 said...

I'm following you. Can you see my shadow lol
following blogs is a specialty of mine :)

exotic1 said...

Do you ever get the feeling your being followed. You should because I'm following you on twitter.
exotic1

Tim said...

I exercise 3 times a week at the gym for 50 minutes. I am trying to eat better. Thanks for the giveaway.

Charlene said...

Thanks for the extension. I hope I'm not too late. My Cholesteral is just fine, but we eat Cheerios because we love them. We have yearly check-ups and blood work. As Seniors things can change quickly, so we try our best to maintain our health.

charwehrle@yahoo.com

Judie said...

I'm following you---Judie

Bronson Boy's said...

I at the moment do NOTHING to help my heart. Although I am starting weight watchers. I need to not only lose weight but get healthy. So it's a start.

I love to follow your blog. You write so well and are always entertaining!

I would love to post your giveaway and have in the past but have had to make my blog private for the time being. Other wise I would.

Well good luck to me anyway. And thanks for all that you do. Your awesome.

 
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