Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts

Today I'd like to help spread the word about the importance of women's heart health education. More women die of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, then die of breast cancer. The good news is that you can substantially reduce many of your risk factors for heart disease and stroke with a few simple lifestyle changes.

Do you know your cholesterol number? High cholesterol is one of the major controllable factors for coronary heart disease. By knowing your numbers and assessing your risks now, you can work with your doctor to significantly reduce your chances of getting heart disease.

Unfortunately, women without adequate health care may not get regular cholesterol screenings, but here's how you can help.

Now through January 31, 2010, for every code entered at Cheerios Helping Hearts, Cheerios will donate $1, up to $200,000, to raise awareness for heart disease and provide free cholesterol screenings for women in need, through its partnership with Women Heart. Codes will be featured inside specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal.




What's in it for you? I am hosting a great giveaway. THREE lucky readers will receive a freshwater pearl bracelet with heart charm (pictured above) from Charity Charms, which donates a portion of it's proceeds to charities. By wearing this beautiful bracelet you can show your support of women's heart health.

My rules are very simple:

Earn ONE entry by leaving me a comment telling me what it is you do to keep your heart healthy. You must do this FIRST, before earning additional entries. Be sure to leave a valid email address if you're a no reply blogger. You can't win if I can't find you.

Earn ONE extra entry by following my blog and leaving a comment, if you already follow, thank you, but please leave me a comment reminding me of this.

Earn ONE extra entry by Tweeting about this contest and leave me a comment with the link so I can check it out.

Earn ONE extra entry by following me on Twitter, again remind me if you already do.

Earn FIVE extra entries by writing a post about a woman you know that has battled and/or overcome heart disease and link to my blog.

That's it! Easy Peasy.

This contest will run until March 10, which just happens to be the 20th anniversary of the day Whynot stole my heart.

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117 comments:

Mary Moore said...

What a great contest idea!!

Soxy Deb said...

That IS an awesome idea fora contest! I have to disqualify myself though, I've never even had my cholesterol checked. I suck.

But good for you for bringing awareness to a very serious issue.

Jenni Jiggety said...

I take care of my heart by exercising regularly!

Jenni Jiggety said...

I follow you!

Jenni Jiggety said...

I stalk your tweets.

Michelle said...

I run three times a week and do other classes when I can get to the gym. Does that count?

Michelle said...

Oh, and I follow ya :)

Cindy Lou Who said...

I vowed to eat healthier this year. Eating much more fiber and fruits and veggies.

Cindy Lou Who said...

P.S. I'm a follower!!!

Kathy B! said...

I follow you already you fabulous mother of meg ryan!

As for what I do to keep my heart healthy? I keep my weight at a healthy level and try to stay active... but I don't know my cholesterol and as I'm rapidly approaching 40 it's something I need to do. Thanks for doing this. It really is important : )

Jennifer Suarez said...

I'd love to win. Pearls are awesome!

I keep my heart healthy by running on the treadmill 4 days a week. I also EAT CHERRIOS. No, really I do!

PS: I also follow you on twitter and you are on my google reader.

Anonymous said...

I stay fit by eatting right, and constantly staying busy

Jennifer Suarez said...

I'll make it easier for you and break up my entries.

This comment is for my extra entry because I follow your blog!

Jennifer Suarez said...

And this comment is for my extra entry because I follow your tweets!

*tweet tweet!*

Miz Q said...

I suck at paying attention to myself. Perhaps if I had a lovely pearl bracelet on my arm it would help remind me to do so!

I also stalk you regularly.

I might follow your tweets, I'll go check but if not, I will :o)

I also love you!

Kristen said...

I have high cholesterol and have been eatting oatmeal to try and get it under control.
Great giveaway idea!

Leah said...

what a worthy cause and what a pretty bracelet!

Deb said...

I get my cholesterol checked and see a cardiologist b/c of a family history. Prevention is good.

Deb said...

I follow you!

Deb said...

I follow your tweets too!

Noob Mommy said...

I just found out I have high cholesterol! Bah! I am eating my servings of oatmeal and cheerios in the morning, that's for sure :)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Great contest idea, my friend. I'm all for it.

Let's see....
Step 1: I buy my kids Cheerios and force them to eat these instead of sugar cereal.

I'm a heart healthy Mom! :)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I'm a follower and a big time fan.

(Is that two entries in itself?)

Leslie said...

The most important thing I do for my heart is I eat a vegetarian diet! I have been a vegetarian for 20 year, and it just works for me!
I walk for activity because that is what I love to do!
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com
http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

Leslie said...

I follow your Blog!
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com
http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

Leslie said...

LeslieVeg left a tweet on Twitter
Here is the link
http://tinyurl.com/dfeexa
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com
http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

Leslie said...

You have a new Friend on Twitter and it is LeslieVeg!!!!

Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com
http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

blueviolet said...

Daily exercise is the best thing I do but I try to eat cholesterol lowering foods (like Cheerios actually)

blueviolet said...

I'm a follower.

blueviolet said...

I'm following you on twitter too (blueviolet)

Debbie said...

I eat a lowfat, plant based diet.
Happy VGNO!

Lizzie said...

oatmeal practically saved my hubbies life. his cholesterol came down by HUGE numbers just changing his breakfast, it's so easy to do.

came over for VGNO *cheers*

sistersledgekws said...

Happy VGNO!

Erin said...

I try to eat healthy with my husband, a heart attack survivor!

Erin said...

I'm your newest follower!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I excersise regularly and eat good things...like Cheerios...to maintain a healthy heart. :)

~Sandy~ said...

I try my best to eat right and exercise....heart disease runs in my family, so i try to be very careful. thanks!

and happy VGNO!!!!!

cheekybowtique@hotmail.com

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I already stalk...er, um, I mean follow you... ;)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I already follow you on Twitter (SassyDesigns)

Oh, and Happy VGNO! ;)

~Sandy~ said...

I follow your blog :O)

cheekybowtique@hotmail.com

~Sandy~ said...

I follow you on Twitter!

cheekybowtique@hotmail.com

~Sandy~ said...

I tweeted about your giveaway too :O)

http://twitter.com/colormemommy

cheekybowtique@hotmail.com

Puanani503 said...

Great Giveaway! I follow your blog:)

Puanani503 said...

I now follow you on twitter!

Puanani503 said...

oops, I forgot to put down that I've been walking every morning now before the kids are up for school.
it's about a half hour walk.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Great giveaway!

I quit smoking two weeks ago, and I KNOW that had to have helped my heart!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I'm already a follower!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I'm already a follower!

Leah J. said...

My dad had a quadruple bypass four years ago (he is doing great now!!!), and that really got me thinking about my heart health. Since then, I have committed to walking at least 5 days a week and eating a heart healthy diet.
LBJ(at)nine17(dot)com

Kristine said...

I think I like your contest better than mine! lol

Hmmm....I kiss my hubby every day! I think that is good for my heart!

Kristine said...

I follow you on twitter too!

Wendyburd1 said...

Well I take my Toprol everyday, I have tacchycardia so my heart beats too fast, so I do that. I try and eat better than I did, I take vitamins twice a day!

Preston said...

What a great give-a-way. I'm a big fan of Cheerios. As far as heart healthy is concerned, I quit smoking back in June and I walk about 2 miles daily during my lunch hour.

Anne said...

To keep my heart healthy I QUIT SMOKING!! :D

Anne said...

I'm a follower here (Anne).

Anne said...

I follow you on Twitter (ladyanne525).

RebeccaMom said...

I walk with a friend :)

Jenn@mylifewiththecrazies said...

I try to do Yoga daily and I walk on my treadmill or walk my doggies daily to keep my heart healthy!

Jenn@mylifewiththecrazies said...

I follow you on Twitter @crazymommie

Jess :) said...

Heart health is important! I am still young, but I keep my greasy foods intake very low and I try to stay away from fast foods. Lovely bracelets! I Hope I'm one of the three :)

Jess :) said...

Following your blog:)

Jess :) said...

Following on Twitter :)

April said...

Great contest! Would love to win! I eat Cheerios everyday for breakfast and I would out everyday, too! Happy Spring Fling!

Wolf said...

great contest! i work out often and also try and eat healthy (cheerios and oatmeal for breakfast a lot).

Julia said...

I hike, I walk, I reduce high fats, I eat chicken and turkey instead of red meats!!! I am in the program. Please ad me!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I saw someone else doing the Cheerio giveaway. I run 3 to 4 times a week.

Alicia @ Oh2122 said...

I try to work out - beyond chasing the toddler, of course!

And I have been switching out white flours and sugars in our home for some time now.

The bracelet is great, but the todler is more interested in the box of "shee-lee-loos!"

Jingle said...

I make a point to eat healthy! I encourage my husband to do the same and we work together to stay that way!

koopermom said...

I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day!!!

Jingle said...

I am following you on Twitter! Just Jingle

nikkicrumpet said...

I do a LOT of walking...mostly at work...and I've been known to choose Cheerios as my cereal of choice most of the time. Not just because it's healthy...you just can't beat the tasty O's!!

carma said...

I walk every day and try to keep things lowfat

Mimi said...

I've started walking more & trying to eat less processed foods.

Mimi said...

I'm following you on Twitter.

Screaming_Mimi

Jennie said...

I try to keep my heart healthy by getting regular exercise. It's usually fairly easy with three little boys.

All-American Preppy said...

I try to keep my heart healthy by going to the gym and doing cardio at least 3 times a week.

Just A Chic... said...

I keep my heart healthy by taking my blood pressure meds!

Just A Chic... said...

I'm already following

Sandy Toes said...

Exercise and eat right.

Have a great SITS day!
sandy toe

Brenda Jean said...

I'm doing the treadmill 3-4 times a week plus trying to eat healthier. I always start with a good breakfast!

Carla said...

I am new to the love of veggies! Who knew they were so sweet? AND yummy! Add me in! Thanks SITSA!

T said...

to try and be heart healthy I recently lost 30 pounds and have taken up walking a few miles a day... and I've switched to all whole grains (no more white bread/pasta/rice... my kids are still crabby about it!)

mommytoalot said...

I keep my heart healthy by chosing to eat healthier foods like fruits and veggies and by working out at the Y.

Shannon said...

Great giveaway! I try to watch waht I eat - not too much fast food, get enough veggies, that kind of thing.

Tam said...

I try to eat healthy, drink lots of water and avoid as much salt as I can.

Bernadette said...

I take care of my heart by eating a (somewhat) balanced vegan diet, and exercises as often as I can! Thanks for such a great giveaway--I'm a follower!

Whimsical Creations said...

I try and eat healthy and not sweat the small stuff.


Happy spring fling!

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

Tamara B. said...

I take care of my heart by staying away from fatty foods and exercise.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

I am a follower.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

TattooedMinivanMom said...

I try to ride the stationary bike or walk the treadmill at least once a day.

Krissy said...

I keep my heart healthy by dancing!

And because I have a syndrome where my heart has to work 4 times harder than a normal [my heart acts like I'm running when I'm standing still] I go to the doctor regularly to keep it healthy!

Krissy said...

following you on twitter!

Katie said...

The best thing I do for my heart is a combination of reducing the number of deep fried foods I eat, and that's hard cause I ♥ onion rings and fried chicken. I also use the eliptical in my basement three times a week and have managed to drop 15 lbs!

Krissy said...

http://tinyurl.com/dfeexa

Island Girl said...

Great idea!

I run 5 most days a week to keep my heart healthy!

sandy said...

I have been trying to eat healthier this year!

sandy said...

I'm a follower!

sandy said...

i follow you on Twitter! (sandyra)

KPort207 said...

I exercise regularly! Thanks for the chance to win!

kport207 at gmail dot com

Brandy said...

Per Doctors orders I am taking a baby aspirin everyday for the health of my heart.

Maricris Zen Mama said...

I've given up fast food fries! Eating more Heart healthy Cereals and Co q10 vitamins! I would love to win one of the pearl bracelets. Please count me in!

Turtles In Alaska said...

I am trying to excercise more and I am also trying to eat healthier.The excercise part is the hard part.Ü

Turtles In Alaska said...

I am trying to excercise more and I am also trying to eat healthier.The excercise part is the hard part.Ü

Simply AnonyMom said...

We keep our hearts healthy by taking walks daily as a family, as well as eating lots of vegetables and eating cheerios for breakfast most days of the week.

Simply AnonyMom said...

I follow you too.

Rikki said...

I walk every day on my treadmill (or outside once the winter goes away), and watch what I eat vigilantly!

Rachel said...

I keep my heart healthy by eating a good diet. This is going to sound crazy, but I eat a lot of salt and drink a lot of Gatorade. I don't have enough blood volume and my blood pressure is too low. I need lots of salt and fluids to keep my heart rate down.

B said...

To keep my heart healthy I exercise. All the time. I want to be around when my kids grow up. Another thing I do is eat well. Junk is hardly ever seen in our home. I know it doesn't seem like much, but both of those together make a huge difference. I love that your giveaway is promoting something so great. Way to go!

Honey Mommy said...

I keep my heart healthy by exercising... and I gave up soda!

auntrene said...

I am trying to get healthier. I have completely given up soda, of all kinds. This is huge for me. I used to drink sometimes as many as 6 cans of Diet soda a day. Stopped cold turkey. None, don't miss it either. I drink gallons of water, I bought a treadmill and make sure my behind is on it at least 3 times a week. Trying to eat a little healthier too. We love cheerios at our house. I also love Pearls.
Have a Happy Spring Fling.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Now after all this talk of healthy, I am giving away a yummy giveaway on my blog.Girl Scout Cookies.. I know Shame. Moderation is good.

Jen said...

Heart health has become very important to me since the death of my 31 year old husband in August of a heart attack. Since then i have been learning a lot about heart related issues both for men and women.

This is a great idea and Thankyou!

Jessica G. said...

I take the stairs instead of the elevator every chance I get.
I'm glad you included this as part of the SITS Spring Fling!

Jessica G. said...

I take the stairs instead of the elevator every chance I get.
I'm glad you included this as part of the SITS Spring Fling!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...
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Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Oooh, beautiful! Thank you.

I play with my son! If that isn't a work-out, I don't know what is! Plus, he keeps my heart happy!

Ginny said...

i'm following

techyone said...

To keep my heart healthy, I lost weight and eat cheerios and watch what I eat. Oh, and I try to get more exercise, but am not so good at it.

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