Support Women's Heart Health: HEART for Women ACT
To love or not to love, that is not the question. The question this week is to give or not to give in the name of love. Valentine's Day is already upon us. Actuallly it's been on us since right before the new year. Retailers can't wait to get people in the mood for love. Each year when this "Hallmark Holiday" (as I constantly hear it referred to) approaches, people debate whether or not to buy into cupid's day. I don't fault anyone either way, because I can see both sides. Some years, I've given cards to my husband, parents, niece, etc. and some years I haven't. I've always remembered my little boy though and will probably do the same for my little girl. But I don't overdo it. I usually just get them a box of candy and a card for the old scrapbook.
My son is 14 now and thinks the holiday should be like Christmas or his birthday. His requests get bigger and bigger each year, asking for video games and movies. I admit I did get him a movie this year. (but at least it was movie I wanted and probably would have bought anyway) So hey, we'll call it a Valentine's Day present. I got my husband a card and some candy. However, I do agree with the people who refuse to buy stuff. Being thoughtful should happen all year round, not just on a day retailers think you should.
Speaking of hearts and candy, February is American Heart Month. No, not the paper or chocolate hearts associated with Valentine's Day, but the heart inside all of us. I've done several stories at work on the subject because heart disease and stroke are the number one killer of American women. Doctors I've interviewed say women should love their hearts and take the time to take care of themselves. In fact, there is a "Red Dress Paper Doll" petition circulating to urge lawmakers to support women's health.
According to the American Heart Association, the HEART for Women Act (S. 573/H.R.) is a piece of legislation that would help make women and their healthcare providers aware that cardiovascular disease is not just a "man's disease" and to get rid of disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke in women. In support of this act, the AHA has launched the "Red Dress Paper Doll" petition to show Congress the support it has around the country. The petition has been around for one year now and so far 30,000 Americans have signed it. Another 36,000 people have sent emails to their Members of Congress about the bill.
So this Valentine's Day, show you care about the heart of the woman in your life, whether it's your girlfriend, mother, sister, wife, daughter or all of the above. Along with those cards, jewelry and stuffed animals, sign the petition for the HEART for Women Act to help all women live longer, healthier lives.