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Book Giveaway: “Sew Red”

Sew Red: Sewing & Quilting for Women's Heart Health by Laura Zander (Sixth&SpringBooks, 2013).

Sew Red: Sewing & Quilting for Women’s Heart Health (Sixth&SpringsBooks, 2013) by Laura Zander is not only full of fun patterns to sew, but it’s also an appeal to women to take charge of their heart health and prevent heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States. Included with the patterns are stories of personal experiences involving heart health from the well-known designers who have contributed their patterns to create the book, including: Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Linda Lee, Nancy Zieman, and many more.

There are over 20 different patterns each from a different author/designer. Also included are tips, resources, and recipies to keep your heart healthy!

What do you do–or what do you plan to do–to keep your heart healthy? Leave a comment, and you will be eligable to win! The deadline for your comments is November 27, 11:59 p.m. EST, and the winner will be choosen the week of the December 2. Good luck and stay healthy!


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  1. ViktBein | | #1

    I've been always concerned about my heart's health as heart problems run in my family. I exercise regularly, try to eat healthy, do not eat red meat, limit alcohol, etc... I also go for yearly checkups - if there'll be something wrong with my heart I'd like to hear that as soon as possible!
    The thing that I really need to improve - quit smoking. I'm not a heavy smoker but these occasional cigarettes are still doing their harm...

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    redjul31 | | #2

    I try to eat healthy - lots of chicken and fish. I don't completely cut off sweets - after all nothing like curling up with the new issue of Threads and a chocolate brownie. But I try to maintain moderation. I have decided to go back to jogging. I used to go a lot, but we moved to Texas and the overwhelming heat really takes it's toll. Unfortunately, my waistline needs to get out there and run so that's what I've just started doing again.

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    Kukana | | #3

    Most of my adult life I have exercised 5-6 times a week until recently - I have a pinched nerve and bursitis in my hip. Ouch! I have been swimming, which isn't my favorite, but it does help, and we ride bikes a few times a week, so I'm still getting my heart rate up. The most important thing to remember is to stay active, the heart is a muscle and needs exercise to stay fit.

  4. sewinggeek | | #4

    I need to start eating better and exercise. Sew more to keep stress down, also. I am much happier when I sew and it helps reduce stress.

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    ShiningStar | | #5

    I'm working out and eating better.

  6. Marty_Marie | | #6

    I am eating healthier and quit smoking a couple year ago

  7. user-3008058 | | #7

    Losing weight and being proactive with my health. Heart disease runs in the family so I have been going to a cardiologist to assess my risks..

  8. idosew | | #8

    Work out, eat organic which a grow myself, have a very happy life, and I married well. If I feel stress I go to my sewing room, turn on an old 30s black and white movie, cut and sew to my heart's content. I have finished many projects in just this way. My heart is happy and healthy.

  9. sewgramms | | #9

    I walk my dog twice a day and garden, lots of gardening.

  10. Carol0516 | | #10

    Quit smoking. Eat healthier

  11. justmanette | | #11

    I'm a runner so I'm going to train for next year's half marathon!

  12. vwren99 | | #12

    I am trying to develop the habit if walking at least a little bit extra every day.

  13. pathersl | | #13

    I walk, indoors or out, 3 miles mostly. Wish I could say more, but the old heart is doing fine!

  14. pmkurth | | #14

    My family has a history of heart disease. We are all aware- and have regular checkups, watch our diet and cholestrol numbers, and exercise regularly!

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    DebyAnn | | #15

    Chronic pain has kept me from doing as much exercise as I know I should do, but I am starting a program of low impact exercise, and have purchased an elliptical/bike machine that I use nearly daily, for at least a few minutes. Diet changes are the big thing at our house right now, especially since my husband just had heart stents put in last month!

  16. smerkette | | #16

    Plan to start working out more. And continue to lose weight.

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    auschick | | #17

    I chase my toddler around *all day* LOL!

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    lynnpaul | | #18

    Real food is first, and reducing the foods that I react to! Feeling better all the time!!

  19. joen_green | | #19

    I try to eat healthy avoiding processed foods. I do yoga and walk regularly. I would love to get a bike in the spring to start including bike riding in my exercise program. I do have heart disease is my family so I get a yearly physical to monitor my health, so far so good!

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    user-1077921 | | #20

    I started going to yoga classes just over a year ago - I can't believe how much younger I feel! At 77 , that's important.

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    jsews | | #21

    I have joined a new gym as I wasnt' seeing results from my old one. I have also changed my eating plan to be more "clean" eating and less processed foods. Love this book!

  22. momster399 | | #22

    I walk, walk, walk. And eat lots of fruit and veggies. Kind of new behavior there but enjoying it.

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    sewmuchknittting | | #23

    I walk...almost every day, eat very little red meat,.

  24. AraPeet | | #24

    De-stressing is a big part of my life. Anxiety and anger issues have cropped up in my extended family. Holding in all those feelings causes so much damage. My husband and I work to stay as stress free as we can (with two kids and bills).

  25. ambrerose | | #25

    I love to run and used to run all the time. I think it's about time I got back into running again and have fun with it.

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    kathys120 | | #26

    I quit smoking after having a heart attack several years ago, but I have gained weight and developed diabetes. So I have joined a gym and started a regular fitness and nutrition program.

  27. cynsew | | #27

    My husband and I are trying to take better care of our health. We have started to bike ride together and we are really enjoying that. We try to watch what we are eating with lots of vegetables and fruit.

  28. Carly_Sue | | #28

    My husband and I have completely changed our food intake due to my high cholesterol and triglyceride numbers. We have been eating Vegetarian on our way to Vegan. It is so important to do this for our heart health as well as our overall health. We exercise every day..mainly walking at the mall or at our local hospital sponsored rehab center, using their equipment with our "Silver Sneakers" membership. Remember, it is really true that WE ARE WHAT WE EAT! If you don't eat it, it can't stick or clog your arteries. We have lost 10 lbs. each and neither of us have ever been over weight more than a few lbs. What a difference just that much loss has made in our lives. If you think it isn't worth the effort, you are wrong. Go for it! Oh and yes, I would love to win this book. Red is my favorite color and making things is my hobby.

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    Sindhoo | | #29

    I am a vegan. I do yoga, dhyana and mudras to keep me healthy mentally and physically. I eat junk foods very rarely and I drink lots of water and fruits regularly. Moreover, I engage myself in my sewing, crocheting, sketching and photography hobbies that make me happy always.

  30. BeverlyT | | #30

    Exercise and eat healthy low & moderate GI foods and healthy fats and of course protein. Take GOOD supplements. Mary Martin said "I want to die young but at an old age". I heard her say that probably 35 years ago and have adopted that as my plan of living. So far so good!

  31. MsHem | | #31

    Eating healthy, or at least trying to, Running, walking, and taking time for fun and friends. Health isn't just physical. It's also psychological.

  32. cindyreams | | #32

    I ride my bicycle almost every day, at least 30 mins but I strive for 60 minutes. I watch my diet and try to each heart healthy foods.

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    jamaco | | #33

    eat right, exercise, laugh a lot. I don't do well on the first two, but I certainly laugh a LOT!

  34. LeandaM | | #34

    I now walk for an hour each afternoon with my husband (who is a type 1 diabetic). Not only is it heart healthy but it really helps us to unwind and connect in a lovely way. Exercise like this is a reward, not a chore.

  35. jennieMB | | #35

    I try to exercise when I'm watching tv.

  36. LeeWells | | #36

    When I graduated from high school I weighed 100 pounds (I'm petite). Now, 50 years later, I weigh 93, which is a bit more than optimum. The best place we lived, in terms of exercise being part of every day life, was in New Jersey: the schools, library, and much shopping was within walking distance or a short bike ride. Now we live in a rural area so I can hike all over the yard although I cannot ride my bike on the local roads (too much gravel, no shoulder). As long as I remember not to snack, except for fruits, I can avoid weight gain. Keeping active is necessary: we are farming now and hay baling requires endurance!

  37. ejanieb | | #37

    I exercise regularly, eat healthy, and keep up with family and friends. When my mother had circulatory problems for the last 15 years of her life, I knew I had better stay on top of it. She died 12 years ago.

  38. bzsewing | | #38

    Both my mom and grandmother died of heart failure. I eat fresh, and organic foods, keep my weight down, stay active, and find something to laugh about daily. Sewing and art is also very important activity, as it keeps stress low. I also enjoy teaching others the gift of sewing. How can you have a bad day doing something that brings smiles to those that receive a custom-made gift made with thoughtfulness, and love.

  39. pyns | | #39

    Salmon once a week, Thank God I am healthy and can walk a little farther away from the stores when I park

  40. sewme_ph | | #40

    Healthy food, less fat and salt, exercise playing with my 5 year old and carrying baby, good rest.

  41. user-1127959 | | #41

    Having been a cardiac nurse for many years and giving much advice on this very subject I am now retired and better be practicing what I have always preached.

  42. debi6453 | | #42

    We have been watching fats and processed sugars and controlling portion sizes. A little exercise each day really helps in so many ways!

  43. JustinValk | | #43

    Hey there

    I was smoking cigarettes since I was thirteen yrs old.

    I started using electric cigarettes since Sept of 2011.

    I have not smoked standard tobacco since then.

    The effect is dramatic to my health.

    The harmful outcome of cigarettes have been reduced and I feel good.

    Now i encourage everyone to use those to enhance their health.

    I foresee reading through and talking to this group


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