5 Facts About Latinas and Heart Disease

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The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement recently commissioned an important survey about women’s health habits with women of various ages and ethnicities. Readers of four culturally diverse national magazines, including Latina and Go Red For Women members responded to a “What motivates you to lead a healthy lifestyle?” survey.  The goal was to better understand their habits and the barriers that keep them from being healthy and preventing heart disease – the No. 1 cause of death among women. Below are key findings from the survey:

Among findings about the preferred way women de-stress:

Latina (magazine) readers would rather sit in front of the TV than go for a walk/ run or hit the gym (65 percent).

Motivations to be healthy:

Twenty-eight percent of Latina women report being motivated to be healthy for their families.

The total package: Eating right is half the battle:

Many women forget that eating right is half the battle against heart disease … and sometimes the hardest part! Diet and exercise are both important.

- By race, more Latina women report eating fast food more than twice per week (24 percent) compared to 19 percent for African-American women and 10 percent for white women.

Beware your health ‘frenemies’

Could your best friend be your worst health enemy? Survey data shows that women 24 and younger are most vulnerable to their girlfriends’ negative influence. If you find yourself torn between pilates and pizza, keep these stats in mind:

- Spouses are more likely to derail healthy eating efforts among 29 percent of Latina women.

Mother (doesn’t always) know best

Feeling the pressure?  Many women, Latina readers in particular, feel that mom is their No.1 critic, especially when it comes to what they eat.

- Latina readers feel the pressure from mom when it comes to being healthy. When asked “Who is most likely to derail your ability to feel good about your body?” 24 percent of Latina respondents chose their mothers. Mothers were also blamed more often for hindering the ability to de-stress, tying at 20 percent with “spouse/significant other.”

- 51 percent of Latina women believe they are healthier than their mothers.

Want to know more? Learn tips for healthy lifestyle changes by visiting GoRedForWomen.org or GoRedCorazon.org.  Become part of the Go Red movement by wearing RED during National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 7 – and during American Heart Month in February, as a symbol of joining the fight against heart disease among women.

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