Pledge for Heart Health {Giveaway}

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of the heart holiday, I’ve got a giveaway today.

It’s no secret that heart health is important to me.  The folks at Healthgrades asked if I’d spread the word about their Pledge for Heart Health campaign in honor of February being Heart Health Awareness Month.

Healthgrades is teaming up with the American Heart Association to increase awareness of heart disease.  Did you know that 42 million women in the US are living with heart disease? Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. (Source: CDC)


This month you can take a virtual pledge to talk to your doctor about heart health, and for each pledge received, Healthgrades will donate $1 to the American Heart Association (Up to $10,000). You’ll also be entered into a giveaway to win a variety of prizes to help you get and stay heart healthy.

The Pledge for Heart Health is easy:

  1. Pledge that you’ll talk to your doctor about heart health.
  2. Fill out the entry form.
  3. Share your pledge with friends so they can get heart-healthy and be entered to win prizes, too.

You can take the Pledge for Heart Health on the Healthgrades Facebook page.

You can win a healthy slow cooker recipe book, an American Heart Association-recommended pedometer, and a BPA-free water bottle.  Here’s how (these are all optional):

1.  Take the Pledge for Heart Health and come back to leave a comment that you did.

2.  Leave a comment telling me what you do to keep your heart healthy.

3.  Tweet about the giveaway: “@ApplesArteries is hosting a heart healthy giveaway in honor of @American_Heart #hearthealth month.” and come back leaving a comment with a link to the Tweet.

4.  Follow @applesarteries on Twitter; leave a comment with your Twitter name.

5.  Follow @Healthgrades on Twitter; leave a comment with your Twitter name.

I’ll pick one winner on Friday morning!  (Open to US residents only.)

*I was not compensated for this post.* Note: entering the pledge on Facebook, you’re also entered to win the same prize pack; independent of this giveaway.




Happy National Walking Day

Did you know you should’ve worn sneakers to work today?  April 4th is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.  The American Heart Association has a program that encourages employers to participate and encourage employees to wear sneakers to work and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk!

The day is meant to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and a healthier life.  The American Heart Association website has some great tools and resources to help you improve your heart health.  A few walking facts from the American Heart Association:

  • Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to improve heart health.
  • Walking improves circulation, reduces stress and anxiety, increases optimism, and improves muscle tone & strength.
  • Walking for an hour each day can cut the genetic risk of obesity in half.

Walking Buddies

I walk a lot–I’m lucky that I can walk to and from work.  I’m also very lucky that I have walking buddies that get me out on the path everyday.

One of these dogs is always on high alert…one is more concerned with his stick…

T and K

Kostas is known to carry a stick for 5 miles round-trip.

So lace up your shoes, enjoy the fresh air, and do your heart a favor…get walking!

And if you’re like me, your walking buddy will never let you leave without him!