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Go Red at the 2008 Quilt Expo

Quilt; UW Health's Go Red was at the 2008 Madison Quilt ExpoUW Health and Go Red for Women attended the award-winning 2008 Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Over the three days of the Expo, nearly 15,000 quilters attended lectures, enjoyed exhibits and shopped at vendors from around the country. The Quilt Expo, sponosored by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions, recently received national recognition from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

 

UW Health and Go Red reminded quilters that a healthy lifestyle is put together piece by piece. Being physically active and eating a well-balanced diet are two important elements for maintaining good heart health.

  

Staying Active

 

Quilters can spend hours sitting behind their sewing machines piecing and quilting blocks. Taking time for gentle stretches can help prevent muscle strain, improve circulation and even make you more alert.

Eating Well

 

A well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat can help reduce three risk factors for heart attack and stroke - high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess body weight.

Taking Time to Enjoy Activities
 
Taking time to enjoy hobbies and activities, like quilting, are just as important to a healthy lifestyle as diet and exercise. They can help you manage stress and provide a sense of personal fulfillment. And just as the Quilt Expo demonstrated, finding individuals who share your same interests can help foster a sense of community, camaraderie and provide lasting friendships.
Whether quilting is your hobby or your passion, there are many ways that you can help promote better heart health for women.