Take the Healthy Heart Challenge – National Heart Foundation

What is the Healthy Heart Challenge?

We Challenge you!


Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Australian women. But it doesn’t have to be – you can do something about it

There is no single cause of heart disease, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing it. There are two different types of risk factors: lifestyle and clinical. Lifestyle risk factors include smoking, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and being overweight. Clinical risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Risk factors also include a family history of heart disease or heart attacks.

In Australia, 90% of women have one risk factor and 50% of women have two or three risk factors.2 The more risk factors, the greater the risk of heart disease.

But the good news is heart disease is largely preventable, because most risk factors can be managed or reduced. You just need to educate yourself, and the women you love, about heart disease and how to reduce your risk of developing it.

The 2012 Healthy Heart Challenge is here to help you do that.

Launched in 2011, the Challenge involves making simple changes to help reduce your risk of heart disease. It’s free and it runs for six weeks from 4 June until 15 July

Last year more than 17,000 women took part and of those surveyed afterwards:

  • 82% were eating their recommended two serves of fruit every day
  • 85% were eating their recommended five serves of vegetables every day
  • 18% quit smoking
  • 8% were able to stop taking their heart related medicine as advised by their doctor.

Many women think heart disease is only for older men to worry about, yet women are almost four times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer.1 There’s a lot more you should know about heart disease, including the risk factors and signs. Don’t let a heart attack be your first sign of heart disease. Take the Healthy Heart Challenge.How to sign up

The 2012 Healthy Heart Challenge runs from Monday 4 June to Sunday 15 July. The six week Challenge is free and you simply need to follow the steps below to register. Plus, if you complete your registration by 3 June you could win great prizes from our generous sponsors.

Choose a goal
Many women don’t know they have heart disease risk factors because they feel relatively fine. The Healthy Heart Challenge is about learning to understand your personal risk factors and how you can reduce them, before it is too late.

The Challenge focuses on four goals listed below – choose the one that inspires you to lead a healthier life:

  1. Lower high cholesterol levels
  2. Lower high blood pressure
  3. Be active every day
  4. Improve everyday nutrition
You can find out more about the goals here.
Now that you’ve chosen a goal from the list above, you can register online here.
What’s next? 
Once you’ve registered, you will receive an email from the Heart Foundation confirming your username and password for the Challenge.Use these details to log into the Healthy Heart Challenge website and access our healthy hints and tips and other useful information to help keep you motivated.You’ll also start to receive our Healthy Heart Challenge e-newsletters, letting you know what you need to do and giving you tips, information and recipes to help achieve your goal. You’ll also be prompted to track your progress online. This is a great way to make sure you stay on track and celebrate how far you’ve come.

Along the way you could also win a great range of prizes from our generous sponsors… just to help you stay motivated!
Encourage others

Make the Healthy Heart Challenge more fun and help yourself stay motivated by encouraging family, friends or colleagues to join as well. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, this could be the perfect mother/daughter activity – the gift that keeps on giving!  Plus, as a gift for you, you could win a fantastic prize pack from our generous sponsors if a woman you care about joins the Challenge.
Looking for more information?If you have any questions about the Healthy Heart Challenge please feel free to contact our Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87 (local charges apply) or via email onhealth@heartfoundation.org.au

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