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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ladies, Take Care of Your Heart!

This year I've spent a good amount of time focused on my weight and doing something about it. At the beginning of the year I participated in the Modern Mom Challenge and shortly after that was completed I was invited to do the pre-launch of EA SPORTS active. I have made progress but there is still have work to do. I try not to be hard on myself because I did not gain this weight overnight and it takes time and effort to lose it. In the meantime I do the best I can and look to my community, other women that are working on getting in shape- to support me. I know that community support is helpful, giving and receiving words of encouragement make this process easier.




I was thrilled to learn about the Go Red for Women Better U initiative. Go Red For Women "celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke." On a designated day each year women are encouraged to "Go Red" and wear red fashions to symbolize their commitment to heart health. The new Better U program is a 12 week course that provides information that can help women on the journey to healthy living. You may not know this but heart disease is the number one killer of women and in many cases it is preventable. Better U provides suggestions for small steps you can take - like eating baked instead of fried foods, that will make a difference.

There is also an entire community of women that are taking this journey that you can interact with. You simply set up your profile, determine the date you want to start Better U and jump right in. You can even search participants by location and find women in your area that are committed to improving their heart health. My friends over at MamaLaw are the bloggers for Better U and you can learn all about their stories on the site. A "Better Me" widget is available for download. This coaching tool provides daily reminders and enables you to sign in from your blog, facebook or even your desktop. I encourage you to join Better U.

To get you started, I have a Better U, Better Me kit to giveaway that includes a fabulous tote/gym bag, water bottle, a Go Red pin, a grocery shopping check off list, a yoga mat and one of my favorite snacks, Craisins. I have to tell you that I love my "goodie bag" and I am certain that you will too! To win, all you have to do is visit the Better U website and leave a comment here regarding your favorite aspect of the site or share something you learned.

If you want extra entries:

For Extra Entries -LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH METHOD OF ENTRY

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4. Twitter the giveaway. Please leave the tweet url in your comment (click on the time of your tweet and this will pop-up). To make it easy you can use this text:

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7. Blog and link back to this giveaway.

Good Luck!

This giveaway is open until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 1, 2009. A winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will be notified by email (please be sure to include your email address if it is not in your profile) and have 48 hours to respond. Otherwise, an alternate winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!



ETA: Congratulations to entry number 169 Kathy Pease! She is the winner of this giveaway.

184 comments:

Mommy of Many said...

I'm off to check this out! Thanks for the info.

Lilly said...

The Go Red BetterU is a 12 weeks program to become helthier.

Lilly said...

I am a subscriber.
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cdziuba said...

I especially liked how BetterU selected four bloggers to share their personal BetterU journeys. Joshilyn's story is quite inspiring.

cdziuba said...

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Jingle said...

I really like the lifestyle suggestions that are offered in the prevention area. Good to know it isn't all that hard!

Wioleta said...

The 12 week program looks like something I can really follow.
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Jenna Z said...

I signed up for this program when I saw it in Woman's Day! I love that you can set the programs email newsletters/tips to start when you want them to. I'm a little busy right now but set them to start in July when I will be ready. :)

noelle said...

i subscribe

noelle said...

Women need to pay just as much attention to their heart as men do.

shannon said...

Its a 12 week program.

Carrie said...

I am always visiting the GO Red web page. My mom has heart issues and I am always researching it!! Thanks for having this giveaway and bring this issue up to women!

Carrie said...

I now subscribe
Thanks

hminnesota said...

there are so many courses that almost everyone can find their match. Great website.thanks

hminnesota said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/hminnesota/status/2329191702
hminnesota

"Miss" Anita said...

My favorite aspect about the site is that it has an overall theme w/ RED. (Red's my fave color!)

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"Miss" Anita said...

I'm subscribed for email updates.

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"Miss" Anita said...

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I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/HSBSuzanne/status/2329255702

Theresa said...

I think it's awesome that they help you set goals to become healthier in 12 weeks.

mverno said...

helps you to set goals for yourself mverno@roadrunner.com

scarlette10 said...

I like the prevention part if the website and shared stories

Anonymous said...

this is a womens health site?, well its a good one

AB HOME Interiors said...

Amen to that. great post!Stopping by from SITS to leave some thursday bloggy love!

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

subscriber

mlswin@neo.rr.com said...

I like the lifestyle suggestions.

Angie Marion said...

The BetterMe Coaching Tool - that's great you can put it anywhere!

Angie Marion said...

I subscribe via email: pricousins at aol dot com

Angie Marion said...

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Rikki said...

I am a little ashamed to say that my favorite thing is that my hero, Joshlyn Jackson, is promoting this.

Rikki said...

I subscribe to your email updates :o)

Rikki said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/rikkifish/status/2336200475

Future Mama said...

I love that there's something for everyone on this site... it's so helpful!

morethananumber said...

I love that they have several bloggers on their site!

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Vanessa said...

I love that they have recipes!

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Vanessa said...

tweeted

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Jennifer said...

It's a 12 week program! The site offers great tips!

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Jennifer said...

I subscribe!

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llinda29 said...

I like the community section

valerie2350 said...

Course 3: Maintaining Momentum looks fab!

valerie2350 said...

email subscriber

valerie2350 said...

feed subscriber

valerie2350 said...

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Lifestooshort said...

I love the recipes, especially this one: Salmon with Honey-Balsamic Glaze, sounds yummy :)

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Lifestooshort said...

I subscribed :)

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Lifestooshort said...

tweet

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Sweeter the berry said...

I like that the site teaches about the causes of heart disease, such as not eating right, being overweight, family history of heart disease and diabetes. You cannot stop what happened in the family history but you can make changes today to prevent it from happening to you.

Sweeter the berry said...

email subscriber

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Katrina V said...

I learned that high blood cholesterol has no symptoms, and many people have it without knowing it.

Katrina V said...

Subscribed to your email updates.

Katrina V said...

Subscribed via RSS.

Katrina V said...

Tweet.

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Katrina V said...

Added your button on my blog.

Katrina V said...

Blogged.

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Lorri said...

I like the way it is set up into 12 different courses. It makes it easier to go through.

Carol EL said...

I learned-The Go Red BetterU program offers:

12 weeks of step-by-step guidance on becoming healthy. jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL said...

E-mail subscriber. jelly15301@gmail.com

Felicity said...

I never knew this site existed. It is a very interesting site. I hope people take it seriously and work on their health.

deedleweedle said...

I learned that the Go Red BetterU is a 12 week program to become healthier.

Sharon Harmon said...

I didn't know that women in menopause have an increased chance of high blood pressure. I was diagnosed as being in full menopause late last year. Now that I know my chances of getting high blood pressure are higher, and I have other risk factors, I will definitely pay more attention to getting healthier! Thank you for the contest!
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Joannie said...

I especially like that as a member, you get 365 daily tips from their expert coaches on nutrition, stress, physical activity and more. That will be inspiring and motivating!!
hi_joan_elliott(at)hotmail(dot)com

bagfashionista said...

i love that they have recipes, and most of them actually sound delicious!

buzzd said...

I like the lifestyle suggestions in the prevention area. I also like the recipes

Danielle said...

I like the recipe section. In fact the Asian Chicken and Vegetable Stew sounds good.
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Danielle said...

I subscribe.

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Danielle said...

I tweeted. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/2345347939

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Anonymous said...

The best part was the lifestyle suggestions.

brandon_ralston@hotmail.com

mogrill said...

I really like the community area!! Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

tatertot374 said...

I like the 12 week program. I definitely think I could keep with it. Thank you for the chance
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I love that they have a wide variety of heart healthy recipes posted on their site! Thanks for the giveaway!

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OSUfanz said...

I like that you can set the programs email newsletters/tips to start when you want them to

I'd love to win this prize, thanks for sponsoring this.

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OSUfanz said...

i subscribed

I'd love to win this prize, thanks for sponsoring this.

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OSUfanz said...

http://twitter.com/osufanz/status/2352394356

tweeted

I'd love to win this prize, thanks for sponsoring this.

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ladyspy79 said...

I appreciate the opinions of the diverse, knowledgeable and credible team of bloggers. I can really relate!

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Theresa C said...

I signed up for the program to start July 6th, I like the daily healthy e-mail. I think it will keep a person on track. Thanks for the contest

BookLady said...

I checked out the website and browsed through the recipes. I wil be trying the black bean and brown rice dish soon! Thanks for the info!

BookLady said...

I also signed up for an email subscription :D

BookLady said...

I tweeted your giveaway!

BookLady said...

I'm now a follower on google connect!

Heather said...

Love their goal to fight coronary disease and stroke.

heatherdemke(at)gmail(dot)com

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

I like that the 12 week program covers sugar/diabetes.

hollynoelle at domesticdork dot com

danosor said...

I just subscribed.Please enter me in this draw.

Carolyn G said...

I love the fact that it gives you a program to follow. The site is easy to navigate and has great info

Carolyn G said...

subscriber

Carolyn G said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/2376356094

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

I like the recipe section - I'm a sucker for a good recipe.

Maria @BOREDmommy

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

I twittered the giveaway!!

Maria @BOREDmommy

Lacie E. said...

the site was so informative and i loved the feeling of accountability and teamwork I think it is a wonderful platform!!

barnett1949 said...

: A BetterU Lowers Blood Pressure

Most people with high blood pressure don’t know it. That’s why it is known as the "silent killer." Get the facts on high blood pressure and learn ways to help control it. One method we overlook is stress management. Choose to follow these tips on stress management so that stress doesn’t impact your heart health.i AM ENTERING THIS FOR MY WIFE OF 39 YEARS.She has high blood pressure.

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The Un-Organized Mom said...

I love the support the site offers, accountability, the recipes, the 12 week program...and it's FREE!

The Un-Organized Mom said...

I subsribe via email.

The Un-Organized Mom said...

tweeted here

http://twitter.com/unorganizedmom/status/2377304183

barnett1949 said...

i subscribed.
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barnett1949 said...

I follow on twitter and i tweeted this giveaway.

https://twitter.com/barnett1949/status/2377480565

barnett1949 said...

I follow your blog.

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barnett1949 said...

I blogged this giveaway.

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barnett1949 said...

I added your button to my site.

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MyFawny said...

i like the recipe section, esp the recipe for Black Bean and Brown Rice Salad

MyFawny said...

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Datura Rose said...

I like the coaching tool

Becky said...

I tweeted

http://twitter.com/tribecca/status/2377687286

Becky said...

I stumbled. username: tribecca

Isabel Princes said...

I like that they have heart healthy recipes available right on the site

LindaD said...

I like that they have different courses for issues that may effect different women's lifestyles. And, of course, the yummy and healthy recipes they offer!

paryjeja said...

I like that they have 12 week courses to help you learn how to be healthier.
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Damla said...

The Go Red BetterU courses provide guidance to help transform your overall health from the inside out.

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Amanda said...

I learned some new yummy recipes to try out like Strawberry Breakfast Mousse Creme and Basil Pork Tenderloin with Black Bean Salsa.

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Amanda said...

I tweeted at http://twitter.com/agafford/statuses/2394466314.

Amanda said...

I subscribed!

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Amanda said...

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Amanda said...

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Egare1 said...

I love that they help you set goals that you can achieve, they're not unreasonable expectations!

Daniel M said...

heart healthy recipes look like they're worth trying - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Amy said...

I love everything about this site - easy to navigate - bloggers that seem just like me - and that you can ask specialists questions.

Amy said...

I love everything about this site - easy to navigate - bloggers that seem just like me - and that you can ask specialists questions.

Cristine said...

A healthy mom means healthy kids.
Thanks for supporting a good cause.

Smooshy said...

high cholesterol has no symptoms so a lot of people have it without realizing it!

erma said...

I like the lifestyle suggestions that are offered in the prevention area.
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Happi Shopr said...

Joshilyn's story is amazing. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

OSUfanz said...

The 12 week program looks like something I need


thanks for sponsoring this.

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missrantsypants said...

I love the idea of the Coaching Tool!


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Gabriel J. said...

I like the lifestyle suggestions.

Mishia said...

I like that it teaches you all about heart disease.

sharonjo said...

I learned that there are no symptoms for high blood cholesterol! Scary! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

It's a 12 week program to learn about health and how to become healthier.

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Anonymous said...

I just subscribed via email.

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dhunt said...

NICE!

Jilly said...

I love that people care enough to want to help others.......: )

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Sheila R said...

I like the courses that they have on there. A lot of Women need help with becoming healthy and don't really have the resources to be able to. This website maps it out in simple well explained steps.
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Sheila R said...

i subscribe via email.
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sito50 said...

I like that it is fairly specific but not rigid in the steps to take during the 12 week program.

sito50 said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.

sito50 said...

TWeeted, https://twitter.com/sito50/status/2414675831

DEBIJOT said...

I like the fact it features real women's stories.

DEBIJOT said...

subscriber

imaclutz89 said...

I learned their near-term goal is nothing less than a 25% reduction in coronary heart disease and stroke risk by the year 2010.

imaclutz89 said...

subscribed by email.

imaclutz89 said...

subscribed in google reader.

imaclutz89 said...

Tweeted.

http://twitter.com/imaclutz89/status/2415777887

jsc123 said...

I love the fact that they offer a 12 week step by step program that also includes easy to follow recipes.
thank you so much for the chance to win.

jsc123 said...

I am subscribed via email.

Jess said...

i really love the bloggers journals

Jammie said...

I love the recipe section of the site and i will be trying the layered mexican casserole

Jammie said...

I follow and tweeted http://twitter.com/Jammie79/status/2416607395

michelle lopez said...

High cholesterol has no symptoms. bill110@optonline.net

ethnically ambiguous said...

what a great idea to get moms motivated!. I really like the whole concept of this program but my favorite section has to be the receipes! the Chipotle Chicken Salad has me drooling at 9am :)

kngmckellar said...

I like the fact that the site offers heart healthy tips!

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kngmckellar said...

I subscribe by email


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kngmckellar said...

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tweeted!

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Pam said...

I like that they give you a daily tip that would keep you motivated by reminding you every day!!

Thanks.
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Kate said...

This is so cool. I love that it's a 12 week program, and they offer great tips! Thanks!

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blueviolet said...

I've never heard of this before. I love it. They have a step by step follow-along for the first 12 weeks and those recipes are heart healthy and actually sound delicious!

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blueviolet said...

I'm an email subscriber
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blueviolet said...

RSS subscriber!

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dvice said...

I learned that they are trying for a 25% reduction in coronary heart disease and stroke risk by the year 2010

Lia said...

I'm saying the 'news'!
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Lia said...

Subscribed!

Lia said...

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NesieBird said...

The BetterU area of the site is cool. It allows the readers/bloggers to share their experiences. kneecree at gmail dot com

tracyb107 said...

great site

chromiumman said...

learned that high cholesterol has no symptoms so a lot of people have it without realizing it

kathy pease said...

Stroke, the #3 killer of women, is a type of vascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when an artery that carries blood, oxygen and nutrients to the brain either bursts or is blocked by a clot. When that happens, part of the brain can't get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die.

kathy pease said...

https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/2427335747

Tattooed Dork said...

I love the community that the website offers. I learned that through this site you can organize a "wear red day" to promote heart health.

Tattooed Dork said...

I subscribe via email.

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Tattooed Dork said...

I subscribe via reader.

Tattooed Dork said...

Tweet!

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Tattooed Dork said...

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Tattooed Dork said...

I have your button on my blog.

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Anonymous said...

This program aim to help a woman take better care of her health (especially her heart) is wonderful. Thank you.

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tina said...

i really like that it is a 12 week step by step program with all the help tools and details you need to make it through thanks eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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purango said...

I like the tips for 365 days. I'm sure they will be very beneficial. garrettsambo@aol.com

Andi said...

There looks like something for everyone!

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kerri69 said...

I like the coaching tools what a wonderful sight i am gonna sign up

kerri69 said...

I subscribe thru email

Gianna said...

I love the recipes :)

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