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Action Item #5:  Be a role model for heart-healthy living for your friends and family.  Share your successes and challenges, giving and receiving support and inspiration.

Setting as a positive example for friends and family provides them with motivation and inspiration  as well as keeping you accountable for maintaining your heart –healthy habits. The tips below will help you become a role model for your family and friends. If you have been recently diagnosed with heart disease, you will also find resources to help you get and give support.

Go Red for Women

Go Red for Women reminds us that heart disease can affect women of any age. That’s why it’s so important to start heart healthy habits right now. Log onto Go Red for Women and learn how you can be an example of heart health, no matter what your age.

American Heart Association: How to Make a Healthy Home

You can help your child develop healthy habits early that will bring lifelong benefits.  As a parent, you can encourage your kids to evaluate their food choices and physical activity habits.  Here are some tips and guidelines to get you started

WomenHeart's Sister Match: A Peer-to Peer Opportunity for Women Living with Heart Disease

After being diagnosed with heart disease, many women experience feelings of isolation and depression. Being able to talk to someone "who's been there" can really make a difference in mental and emotional recovery.

Through Sister Match, women connect one-on-one with a WomenHeart Champion Heart Sister volunteer who can provide needed support over the phone, in person, or via email, at a time convenient to both parties.  Talking with someone who has had similar experiences with the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of heart disease can provide support and encouragement. Through this peer connection, you will learn how to deal with new thoughts and feelings in productive ways and add to your sense of hope, well-being and healing.

The match process centers on connecting participants with the Heart Sister who best fits the responses provided in the Sister Match questionnaire.  All Heart Sisters are WomenHeart Champion volunteers trained through WomenHeart's Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic.

To be matched, fill out the Sister Match questionnaire and submit it to Marie Warshauer at