NutriSystem announced earlier this year a partnership with WomenHeart, the nation’s only national organization solely dedicated to promoting women’s heart health, and providing a place to turn for women living with or at risk of heart disease. The link between weight and heart disease is clear: being mildly overweight can increase the risk of a heart attack dramatically for women. In fact, in women who are approximately 30 percent or more over their ideal weight, 70 percent of all heart attacks could be traced to obesity.
The rise and risk of heart disease in women is startling: nearly one-third (27.2 percent) of all female deaths each year are from heart disease and the majority of Americans that die from congestive heart failure are women – more than 30,000 each year. In the face of these frightening facts, WomenHeart is dedicated to empowering women to take charge of their heart health and they believe that partnering with NutriSystem is a step in the right direction towards reducing heart disease risk factors in women.