health, women, women's health

Heart Health for Black Women

mpp0099263 Heart disease is the number one killer of women and African-American women are at an even greater risk of heart disease because we often don’t know the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease and we generally don’t take optimal care of our health. But, there are some women out there who have dedicated their lives to spreading the word about heart disease and encourage other women to take a hold of their health and look for the warning signs of heart disease.

If you know someone who is giving their all to save sisters from this preventable disease, consider nominating her for Cheerios Sisters Saving Hearts, a grassroots grant-giving initiative. Cheerios is searching for heart-inspiring people who help eradicate this curable disease. The program will honor five heart-inspiring individuals or service organizations that have dedicated their time, talents and passion to fight heart disease in their local communities with a $5,000 grant to the charity of their choice.

From now until March 15, 2009, help Cheerios spread awareness and fight the leading killer among women in America by nominating a heart hero in your community. For more information, visit

In celebration of these great women I am giving away a freshwater pearl bracelet with a heart charm from Charity Charms, which donates a portion of the proceeds from its charms to various charities. By wearing the charm bracelet, you can show your dedication to raising awareness of women’s heart health. To enter, simply leave your name and email address. I will announce a winner on April 1.

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