Women’s History Month

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EmPOWERED To Serve™ celebrates Women’s History Month
Women are pioneers.
Women are contributors.
Women are essential.

Many of us would not be where we are today without the nurturing and love of an important woman positively impacting our life. This March, EmPOWERED To Serve recognizes the #POWERwomen that have and are currently impacting healthcare, advancing heart health, encouraging their families and friends to live and lead healthier lifestyles and advocating for sweeping change in their communities.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, and stroke is the No. 5 cause of death. African-Americans are two to three times more likely to die from heart disease than white people, according to the American Heart Association.

Join our journey to celebrate our #POWERwomen this month!


Share your actions and results with us!
Email us pics at empoweredtoserve@heart.org or share via Facebook.

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Learn more about our #POWERwomen and newest Power Ambassadors throughout the month.

Shanti Das
Shanti Das aka the Hip Hop Professional, an Atlanta native, has influenced the careers of Usher, OUTKast and TLC. Now she is impacting communities in her native Atlanta and using her influence in the entertainment industry to spread health messages and help create healthier lifestyles and open up opportunities and access in our urban communities. Learn more about National Power Ambassador Shanti Das. Watch Episode 1 of “Take Me Home” which explores food deserts in S. Atlanta below.

25 Years of TLC

Shanti Das talks working with TLC as they pioneered the way for women in music in the 90s. #POWERWomen

Coming Soon
Shanti Das X Black Enterprise: the Hip Hop Professional, talks Entrepreneurship and becoming a #POWERwoman.


Ashanti Johnson

Ashanti Johnson is a fitness expert and founder of 360.Mind.Body.Soul (360MBS) based in Chicago. Learn how she has created a fun-loving environment that encourages women of color to get fit through self-love and mental fitness in addition to physical fitness.
Learn more about National Power Ambassador Ashanti Johnson.
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These 4 dynamic #POWERwomen come from different walks in life, but have been united by one life-changing episode. Heart- attack. Watch their heroic stories of survival.

As a trained musician, Yewande Austin was preparing for an event when her heartbeat rapidly escalated. Turns out, she had a heart attack. #HeartCentric. Watch her story of survival.

Kimberly Goodloe credits faith, prayer and her support network in getting through the discouragement and becoming a heart disease survivor. #HeartCentric. Watch her story of survival.

Georgia State Senator Valencia Seay led a healthy lifestyle all her life and still experienced 3 blockages. She encourages all women to pay attention to their heart. #HeartCentric. Watch her story of survival.

Jennifer Sims learned the value of living a healthy lifestyle and reducing sodium after being rushed to the hospital with shortness of breath during her pregnancy. #HeartCentric. Watch her story of survival.

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RED-LIP Stories BLOG Coming Soon
The Red- Lip Stories is a new blog experience facilitated by National Power Ambassador Demetria McKinney (singer, actress [House of Payne]) that allows you to share your inspiration and motivation for making the best lifestyle decisions possible. Stay tuned for our first post!

We want to hear from you too.
Submit your red-lip story based on the monthly topic to us for a feature on our website and social media and an EmPOWERED To Serve prize pack!
Email us at empoweredtoserve@heart.org or share via Facebook.

Your Heart Disease Education Starts Here

Too often we wait to educate ourselves about a condition until we are actually facing a health emergency. It is better to understand what  heart disease is and what you can do to prevent it before it ever becomes a problem for you. This article shares three important tips about heart disease and healthy living that could change your life. You need to know your risk, get regular checkups, and live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Take the opportunity to learn from these tips and change your behaviors so you hopefully never face a heart related emergency.

Learn more about the importance of these important tips.

Hard-to-Recognize Heart Attack Symptoms

Most men and women alike are aware of the well-known heart attack symptoms that include chest pain and radiating discomfort in the left arm. However, symptoms of heart attack for women may not be as easily identifiable as these. Your body may tell you something isn’t quite right with your heart in a much less common way. This article shares four silent heart attack symptoms for which all women should be aware. But women should also not discount their intuition. If you are not feeling right, follow your gut.

Learn more about the four silent heart attack symptoms.

Go Red for Women

February is Heart Month: National Wear Red Day is coming

Ok, Ambassadors. It’s time to get in formation for National Wear Red Day, February 3, 2017. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Nearly half of all African-American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, 48 percent of women and 46 percent of men.

Because of these alarming numbers, the American Heart Association and the Heart, Lung and Blood institute took action against this disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. In 2017, we celebrate 15 years of going red for women to raise awareness for this disease and call you to join us in the cause to save our sisters. Pull out your brightest red dress, rock your favorite red lip stick and wear it proudly on February 3.

Go Red for Women Website

Today there is much discussion and debate about inequality between men and women. However, in one area women are leading in record numbers: heart disease. It’s not a “man’s disease.” Heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. This site is filled with information to dispel common myths and share the facts about heart disease and women. It also provides information to educate women on the risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke, introduce them to behavioral changes that can lead to healthier lives, and give them a voice to advocate for women’s health issues. It’s time to Go Red.

Learn more about Go Red for Women.

Adolescent Girls and Self-Esteem: What Parents Should Know

Adolescence can be a sensitive time for girls when they start experiencing hormonal, physical and emotional changes. These changes can make an impact on their self-esteem and occasionally even lead to serious problems like eating disorders or other issues.

Here are a few ways parents can help create a healthy environment at home.

  • Start encouraging positive self-esteem before age 9.
  • Surround your adolescent daughters with positive images of healthy women and girls.
  • Talk to them about their dreams and achievements and encourage them to participate in activities that move them toward their desires.
  • Encourage special father-daughter activities. A girl’s relationship with her dad is one of the most important relationships she’ll ever have.
  • Encourage physical activity at home. Everyone should participate!
  • Encourage healthy eating habits and give everyone an active role. Your daughter can help create menus, participate in grocery shopping and help cook.

Adolescent self-esteem can have a life-long impact on a woman’s life. Start the positive encouragement early and watch her bloom!

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

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When you become pregnant, you want to provide the very best care for your baby. Whether this is your first child or another addition to the family, proper prenatal care is essential for a healthy future.

Regular check-ups are important! Be sure and discuss your lifestyle situation, goals, exercise and eating habits with your doctor, as every pregnancy is different. Here are some tips for a healthy pregnancy:

Eat healthy.
You’re eating for two bodies now, not just one, and nutrition is important to your baby’s growth. Create a healthy plan with your doctor and don’t let cravings get out of control.

Be mindful of gestational diabetes.
Be cautious if you have a family history of gestational diabetes and be sure to share any symptoms with your doctor. Diabetes can develop even if you didn’t have it before you were pregnant.

If you were active before your pregnancy, stay active as long as your doctor advises it. If you didn’t exercise before, there’s no time like the present! There are hundreds of safe exercises you can do at the gym, at home or with another group of moms. You can lift weights, jog, stretch, practice yoga and so much more. Talk with your doctor about the best options.

Emotional Support.
The right support system is key to a happy, healthy pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about your support system and ensure that you’re receiving the right amount of emotional support from friends, family and your community. There are resources that can help.

For more information on a healthy pregnancy, visit heart.org.

Get Healthy Summer Skin

Summertime means that skin care should take center stage. The sun is more intense, making it harder to stay hydrated on long summer days, especially if you spend lots of time outside. Protect your skin to reduce your risk of skin cancer and other complications. Read on for surviving the summer with minimal damage.

  1. Protect your skin using a sunscreen protectant lotion, spray or cream with at least SPF30.
  2. Keep your skin moisturized.
  3. Feed your skin well by eating foods that are rich in antioxidants. Enjoy green leafy vegetables, blueberries and melons.
  4. Wear less make-up.
  5. Exfoliate!
  6. Drink plenty of water.

Check with your skincare professional for more tips to help your specific skin type.

Protect Your Hair in the Summer

Summer sun and wind can damage your hair by drying it out and causing split ends. Follow these tips for healthier hair:

  1. Switch to a hydrating shampoo and conditioner in the summer. This will help replenish moisture.
  2. Limit the use of chemicals like hair bleach, hair color and relaxers.
  3. Limit the use of styling tools.
  4. Use deep-conditioning treatments.
  5. Use hair products that contain SPF protection.
  6. Cover up your hair if you’ll be in the sun for an extended time.

Check with your hair care professional for details on what will work best for your needs.