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Monday, March 9, 2009

As women it's important that we take an active role in caring for our hearts!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, with more than 44 million of us living with or being at risk for heart disease. Those numbers are scary, but what's more scary is the fact that the majority of us are unaware that there is even a problem! Women with inadequate access to health care are at an even greater risk for developing heart disease.

There are several things we can do to help us maintain good heart health; proper diet, regular exercise, and not smoking are all excellent ways to ensure that we're giving our hearts the proper attention.

One of the best things women can do to help maintain a healthy heart is to have regular cholesterol screenings. Cheerios is teaming up with WomenHeart to help educate women on the risks of heart disease as well as helping make free cholesterol screenings possible for women who wouldn't be able to afford them otherwise.

Where do we come in? From now until January 31, 2010 for every code (codes can be found on specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal like the ones on the left) entered at www.cheerioshelpinghearts.com Cheerios will donate $1.00 (up to $200,000) to raise awareness for heart disease and provide free cholesterol screenings for women who are in need of them.

So what does this have to do with a giveaway...well I'm getting to that! When I was asked to help spread the word about what Cheerios was doing I jumped at the chance and I also got a little incentive to do so...what you might ask? Well I received a beautiful Freshwater Pearl Bracelet with a heart charm from Charity Charms (a portion of all of their proceeds go to help various charities) and the opportunity for 3 (yes 3) of my wonderful readers to win a bracelet of their own (like the one below)!

So of course there are rules (aren't there always)!

All you have to do to to get entered into this giveaway is to leave a comment on this post telling me what you do to maintain a healthy heart, it's that simple! Make sure to leave your email address in your comment (or make sure that it is visible on your blogger account) so that I have a way to contact you if you're a winner!

EXTRA ENTRIES: You can get up to 10 entries into this contest by doing a little extra work! You can do one or all of the following, just make sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry!

1. Follow Me...New followers make me super happy and it can get you 2 extra entries into this contest!

2. Grab my button and put it on your blog and you've just gotten yourself 2 more entries!

3. Blog about this giveaway with links to this post as well as cheerioshelpinghearts.com for 3 more entries! (Spreading awareness about heart disease in women is really what this is all about!)

4. For 2 extra entries go to WomenHeart and give me a fact or figure related to heart disease in women (hint...the facts and figures are under the resources tab).

This giveaway will end on Monday March 23, 2009 @ 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Winners will be chosen using Random.org! Good luck!

89 comments :

  1. Two Things; do not consume refined sugar in any form, and jumprope. Min 3x/week for minimum 20 minutes/session.

    And Daydream about Misadventurous Mommies, which never fails to set my metabolism in high gear...

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  2. I take my huge doggy Charlie out for runs/walks every day.
    And we often play fetch. :D

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  3. Hi!!! I found your blog this morning, and love what you're doing! I've actually blogged about charity charms before, so I'm really stoked about possibly winning one of their products!

    In an effort to help you (and increase my odds) I've also blogged about you on my blog! Good luck spreading the word!

    Link: http://charitymojo.com/oooooh-jewelry-giveaway-for-good-cause/505/

    Cheers,
    charitymojo

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  4. Hmmm. Not as much as I should! But I do love Cheerios and I just bought a Wii Fit.

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  5. Because the is heart disease in my family, I stay active by running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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  6. What a wonderful bracelet! Great awareness...sandy toe

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  7. I would love to win this!

    As a nurse, I understand the extreme importance of caring for your heart and body. I eat well and exercise regularly!!

    I recently purchased pink boxing gloves for the breast cancer cause.. so I am excited to do a little boxing!

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  8. I also added your button to my blog roll! Thanks again for the contest!

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  9. I exercise and try to watch what I eat!


    I'm a follower and I grabbed your button.

    Plus, I'm supposed to be studying for two exams that I take in an hour...but I'm blogging instead...that shoudl count for something! lol ;)

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  10. To take care of my heart I quit smoking two months ago! :) This is a great giveaway and a great cause!

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  11. I would love this!! AND it would be helpful for me. Why? Because I just quit smoking (over two weeks ago!!), and this would be a tangible reminder of WHY I quit - my health!! Thanks for the chance!

    Happy Spring Fling!

    Come on over to my blog to register for my pearl earring giveaway too!!

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  12. I don't do anything intentionally for my heart, but I DON"T smoke or drink, so that is a great start, right?

    Great giveaway, come by and enter mine :)

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  13. I eat careful. I exercise. (And I love well.)

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  14. Well now, you know how I am about good heart health being the wife of a very young bypass patient! Good old diet and exercise are the key in this house!

    Thanks for bringing this important cause to light today!

    Hugs!

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  15. I believe in Oatmeal! Eat it everyday!

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  16. We are big Cheerio fans, that is usually a great and easy breakfast in our house. Also trying to walk and cut down on fat. Portion control all to try to keep as healthy as possible :).

    XOXO Lex

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  17. I'm a follower (an old one does that count?) :) #1

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  18. Button on side bar under Mom's that rock! #1

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  19. Button on side bar under Mom's that rock! #2

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  20. Button on side bar under Mom's that rock! #2

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  21. i guess i don't do anything specifically for my heart, but we don't eat hydrogenated oils, processed sugar, and we get as much organic stuff as possible. i should be exercising more though, that's for sure.

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  22. Great contest. For me...it's doing an awful lot of walking. Most of it at work..but it's still walking!

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  23. To keep my heart healthy I exercise (almost) everyday, try to fix healthy meals for my family and do lots of playing with my kiddos!

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  24. I eat healthy and exercise to maintain my heart health!

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  25. To keep my heart healthy I exercise and I love that! ♥

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  26. Actually, right now I am having issues with my heart and this would be a perfect thing for me to win.
    I am scheduled for an echo tomorrow :(

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  27. I eat alot of whole grain bread & pastas, drink alot of water,eat fesh fruit and vegetables and stay ways from fatty foods.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  28. beautiful giveaway -

    okay - I do not smoke - I quite on my 30th birthday and it has been 11 years of non smoking now!

    I do not drink caffeine - EVER!

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  29. Pretty bracelet.

    For Lent I gave up pop and night snacking. I think my heart is happy about Lent.

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  30. i am trying to eat well and not sweat the small stuff.

    Happy spring fling!

    =) melanie
    http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

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  31. I eat heart healthy and get some exercise:)

    I hope you get a chance to drop by
    my place!

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  32. I have an echo scheduled soon because I have Mitral Valve Prolapse. It's not too serious. Just a pain in the butt.

    I eat Honey Nut Cheerios all the time. Does that count?

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  33. Truth: A 2005 American Heart Association study showed that only eight percent of primary care physicians and 17 percent of cardiologists knew that heart disease kills more women than men.

    GOOD GOD! That's horrible!

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  34. A little exercise everyday is what makes my heart happy!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  35. This is near and dear to me also. I have a mom and sister who have had heart attacks! My father has heart disease too, so I considered high risk too I walk on the treadmill at least three times a week to give my ticker a workout!

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  36. I follow you on blogger AND Twitter! ;-)

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  37. Put your button on my blot. Woohoo!

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  38. Fact from the website:

    Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women.

    P.S. thanks for putting this blog post out here. You are awesome!

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  39. Fact from the website:

    Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women.

    P.S. thanks for putting this blog post out here. You are awesome!

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  40. Pretty bracelet and to keep a healthy heart I eat broccoli almost everyday. :)

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  41. To keep a healthy heart I eat a healthy diet.

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  42. I keep my heart healthy by getting outside and exerising. Lovely bracelet!

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  43. I would love to be entered! I love it! I am also a follower!

    Jen

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  44. Try to get some walking in every day.

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  45. Exercise is my biggest thing and eating foods that help keep my cholesterol levels low is the other.

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  46. Great giveaway! I Love how you sent out a message and have gotten so many people to read it! To help prevent heart disease I don't smoke, I excercise 5 times a week, and I try to eat a well balanced diet (I eat Honey Nut Cheerios every morning!)

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  47. And...Women who are minorities, have diabetes, are overweight, smoke, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol are all at greater risk of heart disease. =:o

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  48. Trying to eat healthy including Cheerios, and trying to hit that treadmill at least 3 days a week.
    Loving Spring Fling!
    Thanks

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  49. I've been trying to get into better shape by walking my chubby dog friend on the bike trail.

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  50. I am training for a half marathon. Hopefully that is helping and not hurting!

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  51. Love that bracelet! And love that you're raising awareness about heart disease! I don't eat a very heart-friendly diet, but I do try to walk everyday! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  52. I take daily vitamins twice a day, I take my tacchycardia medicine to slow my heart to normal people beats per minute and eat Campbells chicken noodle soup of course!

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  53. Simply gorgeous! Love the giveaway. To maintain a healthy heart? The honest truth? I REALLY need to start doing something..........

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  54. I try and get in some cardio and eat right to keep my heart healthy.

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  55. Hi! Additional entry for posting and linking to your blog :)

    http://charitymojo.com/oooooh-jewelry-giveaway-for-good-cause/505/

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  56. Hi! Additional entry for posting and linking to your blog :)

    http://charitymojo.com/oooooh-jewelry-giveaway-for-good-cause/505/

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  57. Congrats..you got like 70 entries.
    good luck everyone..
    ps
    i'm a follower.
    xo

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  58. And I have your button of course

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  59. I eat alot of oatmeal
    and a coated baby aspirin
    once a day.

    tsslug7@yahoo.com

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  60. Oatmeal, Peaches and Creme is the best, With fresh fruit too!
    ashlomb at yahoo dot com

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  61. Eat sensibly, stay active and maintain a healthy weight.

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  62. I eat a healthy diet and workout 3 days per week, plus I lost 40 pounds...and I follow you, of course. Love the bracelets!:)

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  63. Hmmmm, to maintain a healthy heart, I eat Cheerios (really, I do, we love them in my house). I try to eat as healthy as possible for the rest of my meals. I chase, oops, play with my three year old and last but not least, every day I count my blessings and thank God for each one.

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net

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  64. I'm a new follower (#43!!) and looking forward to reading your posts. Congrats on your first giveaway - it's a great prize, thank you for hosting it.

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net
    Follow entry #1

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  65. I'm a new follower (#43!!) and looking forward to reading your posts. Congrats on your first giveaway - it's a great prize, thank you for hosting it.

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net
    Follow entry #2

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  66. I have your button (and a cute one, it is!) on my sidebar.

    www.giveawaysonblogs.blogspot.com

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net

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  67. I have your button (entry #2)

    www.giveawaysonblogs.blogspot.com

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net

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  68. I blogged about your giveaway here

    http://giveawaysonblogs.blogspot.com/2009/03/misadventures-in-baby-raisings-first.html

    Thanks and congrats again on your first giveaway!

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net
    Blog entry #1

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  69. I blogged about your giveaway here

    http://giveawaysonblogs.blogspot.com/2009/03/misadventures-in-baby-raisings-first.html

    Thanks and congrats again on your first giveaway!

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net
    Blog entry #2

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  70. I blogged about your giveaway here

    http://giveawaysonblogs.blogspot.com/2009/03/misadventures-in-baby-raisings-first.html

    Thanks and congrats again on your first giveaway!

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net
    Blog entry #3

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  71. Fact or figure Entry #1

    Women are not as likely to be treated accurately as men.

    "* A study published in the May 2008 issue of the journal Heart showed that among heart patients, women were less likely than men to receive medications called beta blockers, statins and ACE inhibitors—which are crucial to prevent further heart problems."

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net

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  72. Fact or Figure #2

    Heart disease is more deadly if you have certain risk factors such as diabetes. "Women with diabetes are two-to-three times more likely to have heart attacks."

    Yikes!

    mayacarpenter@verizon.net

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  73. Thursday tweet!

    http://twitter.com/janetmom2maya/status/1356949336

    Have a good evening!

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  74. to keep a healthy heart, I try to read my bible everyday and spend time in prayer. I find when I do those things, my heart is healthy, happy, and calm!
    connievail at hotmail dot com
    www.teenlitreivew.blogspot.com

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  75. I have a Wii fit, hopefully that counter for something.

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  76. I eat Cheerios daily, I aslo eat healthier. I cleaned out the junk food in our house and now we eat a lot more fruit and veggies.

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