Fave American Heart Month Buys

Scary-but-true: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. In 2006, one in every four deaths was from heart disease* — crazy, right?

So it’s not too surprising that the American Heart Association has declared February to be American Heart Month. The goal is to raise awareness about the issue and hopefully save a few lives.

One easy way you can help: check out these beauty products that are raising awareness and donating some of their profits to the cause. It’s kind of the best of both worlds — you get some cool new makeup, hair products, clothing, shoes or accessories and you get to help out a seriously worthy cause. Plus, we’ve picked out the best of the best so you’ll know you’re getting some good loot.

Click here to see the best American Heart Month Buys.

Another way you can help: check out these heart-healthy tips and pass ’em along to your loved ones:

• First step in prevention: know the risk factors. Here are the biggies: Inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes.

• Get moving! Exercise is a fantastic way to fight heart disease and obesity (not to mention get you looking super-hot for bikini season).

• Seriously, seriously, stop smoking. You know it’s bad for you, and it’s not “cool” or anything else you thought it was when you started, so quit already. I know it’s hard, but you can check out the American Heart Association for help.

• Manage your stress. This can help with your blood pressure, but also, keeping your stress levels low in general makes you healthier, not to mention happier. So find a healthy way to relax and manage stress: exercise, meditation, manicures (my personal favorite).

Click here to see the best American Heart Month Buys.

*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention