Cheerios, Women’s Health and & Freshwater Pearl Giveaway

cheerios_heartMy kids love Cheerios. I mean, yeah, sure, they’re constantly drooling over the brightly colored boxes of sugar coated sugar bombs but once we get home with our Cheerios and other less sugary cereals, they’re happy to dig in.

So when I heard that Cheerios is doing a promotion in support of Women’s Health, I smiled. It always makes me happy to hear that products I enjoy are doing good things and giving back to the people. Here’s what Cheerios is doing to promote women’s health awareness:

Do you know your cholesterol number? High cholesterol is one of the major controllable factors for coronary heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for women. A recent study conducted by Harris Interactive for Cheerios found that more than one-third of adults (37 percent) have not had their cholesterol checked within the past year.

Those with limited access to adequate healthcare may not get regular cholesterol screenings and thus are at an even greater risk for heart disease.

Wondering how you can help? Now through January 31, 2010, for every code entered at www.cheerioshelpinghearts.com, Cheerios will donate $1, up to $200,000, to raise awareness for heart disease and provide free cholesterol screenings for women in need, through its partnership with WomenHeart. Codes will be featured inside specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal.

Reading this also made me think. It’s been a while, probably 7 or 8 years, since I’ve had my own cholesterol checked. So I’m doing my part to help out. 1.) I’m making a commitment to get my cholesterol checked. 2.) I’m helping spread the word about Cheerios Circle of Hearts promotion. 3.) I’m entering the code from my box of Cheerios to help raise funds.

Won’t you join me?

And as an added bonus, Cheerios has given me three Freshwater Pearl Bracelets to giveaway! These beautiful bracelets are adorned with a silver heart charm from Charity’s Charms, which donates a portion of proceeds from its charms to various charities.

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I received one of these bracelets for myself, and I must say I was surprised by the look and feel of it when I pulled it out of the box. It’s heavy enough to feel solid and real. The pearls are large, smooth and have a wonderful sheen. I was happy to put it on immediately, and I wore it around the whole day – even though I had no where to go. 😉 By wearing this bracelet, you can show your support of women’s health as well.

What can you do to help? Tell others about this Cheerios promotion – point them here to this post, or to the Cheerios Helping Hearts website, or both! Also, enter your cereal codes from specially marked boxes to help raise funds for awareness. And lastly, commit to get your own cholesterol checked. Medical attention is one of the three keys to staying heart healthy. Check out their website to learn other ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease.

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.**

Congratulations to Jenna Z. (Comment #7,) Michelle (Comment #13) and Bing (Comment #23 – all those tweets paid off!)

To enter to win one of THREE Circle of Hearts bracelets: (AMENDED)

  1. Leave a comment telling me (and other readers) know what you do to maintain a healthy heart -OR- Share your story (or the story of a woman in your life) who has battled and overcome heart disease. (1 entry.)
  2. Enter your code at Cheerios Helping Hearts website and paste the badge they give you here in the comments – or on your blog and include a link. (One entry.)  It’ll look like this:
  3. Leave your comment before midnight, CST, Sunday April 5th April 12th.
  4. Optional: Tweet about this, stumble it, or otherwise share it using the Share/Save button at the bottom of this post. Leave a comment each time you do this for extra entries. (You can tweet an unlimited number of times – simply link to the permalink of each tweet. You have to leave a separate comment and tell me if you do these, otherwise I will never know!)

Join Cheerios in their promotion to prevent heart disease today!

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Katie
Katie
March 31, 2009 4:36 pm

To maintain a healthy heart, jump rope! Jumping rope for a few minutes each day improves heart health because its cardiovascular exercise. Jumping rope can make you feel like a kid again, and is something you can do with your kids!

Amber
Amber
March 31, 2009 4:47 pm

Oh, now THAT’s a good suggestion! My kids would enjoy that, and jump ropes are cheap! Thanks!

Yvonne G.
Yvonne G.
March 31, 2009 6:44 pm

I try to do at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week. Then I am trying to eat less fat and salt.

Amber
Amber
March 31, 2009 7:21 pm
Reply to  Yvonne G.

Yvonne – I’m TRYING to get in some exercise, too! But I’m finding it hard to fit into my schedule. Salt, on the other hand, is something we limit around here. A while back I went through a phase of cutting back on the salt in our diets. I learned that if I cooked with plenty of other flavors and seasonings – oregano, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin… we needed a whole lot less salt, or none at all, and no one complained! 🙂

Tonya
Tonya
March 31, 2009 9:01 pm

Well I don’t have a woman in my life that has suffered heart disease but my father is the one who motivates me to be heart healthy. He had a heart attack and the young age of 36 because he was over weight and made some poor choices. I am 31 and constantly remind my father to eat healthier and exercise as it is good for him. I remind my children that they need regular exercise so they too have a healthy heart. I work out 3-5x’s a week and do 30-60 min of cardio each time. I eat my… Read more »

Melissa
Melissa
April 1, 2009 10:08 am

I have recently lost 30 lbs. I never thought I would be in the habit of going to the gym 3 times a week. Now I feel guilty if I miss a day. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jenna Z
Jenna Z
April 1, 2009 2:15 pm

I really am working hard to incorporate whole grains into my everyday diet. It maybe be a tad more expensive to buy whole grain bread, tortillas and such but it’s WAY worth it as I have a history of heart disease in my family and am overweight.

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Kristi @ RunWatchPlayWait
Kristi @ RunWatchPlayWait
April 1, 2009 2:25 pm

I work really hard to keep our family eating as much whole grain stuff as possible – I have switched to keeping whole wheat flour in my main flour container so that it’s the first thing I grab, only buy whole wheat pasta, etc. I’m also saving up for a mill to grind my own fresh wheat, which tastes GREAT and is SO much better for you!

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Amber
Amber
April 1, 2009 3:02 pm

Kristi – good tip! I would LOVE to have a grain mill – It’s just not in the cards for now. 🙂 PLUS, my hubs is anti whole wheat – he thinks it tastes aweful. However, I HAVE been able to sneak in some whole grains here and there. I buy the Ronzoni pasta either wheat or the one with extra fiber that doesn’t really taste any different. I can sub part of the flour in baked good without him noticing too much. It’s a challenge, but slowly gaining on it.

Amber
Amber
April 1, 2009 3:05 pm

Jenna – yes, whole grains are important! It may be a little more expensive to buy whole grain products,–have you tried making them yourself? I often make homemade bread and snacks. I like to make my kids muffins with wheat flour and oats in it. We all gobble them up, and it’s a good way to get fiber and grains in – not to mention way better for us than cookies. 😉

{vicki}
{vicki}
April 3, 2009 12:30 pm

I eat cheerios every day for breakfast.
I have high cholesterol and am trying to keep it maintained by what I eat instead of meds.

Beth
Beth
April 6, 2009 7:55 am

I am trying to do more walking. Hopefully when the weather here finally gets nice we can do more. I am also cooking healthier foods. One challenge I have that is a big one is giving up soft drinks. I am doing better but still have a ways to go! The bracelet looks so pretty – hope I am lucky!

Women Who Win
Women Who Win
April 7, 2009 11:12 pm

My husband and I were told by our doctor that we need to do more for our heart health– even in our 20’s! We are eating more fruits and veggies. I thought this would be tough, but I’m a total fruit addict (oranges, strawberries, apples, blueberries, apricots, etc.) and he’s a total veggie addict (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes). It’s amazing what changing our snacks has done for our energy levels, weight, and– hopefully– for our hearts!! –Michelle, blogattoday (!AT] gmaildotcom

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Women Who Win
Women Who Win
April 7, 2009 11:13 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/sweepstakesgirl/status/1474734452. –Michelle, blogattoday (!AT] gmaildotcom

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Bing
Bing
April 7, 2009 11:18 pm

We follow a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet to improve heart health. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Bing
Bing
April 7, 2009 11:36 pm

Stumbled (icefairy)

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Bing
Bing
April 7, 2009 11:42 pm

Dugg (icefairy)

Bing’s last blog post..$500 Twitter Contest

Bing
Bing
April 7, 2009 11:44 pm
Bing
Bing
April 7, 2009 11:46 pm

Another tweet
http://twitter.com/luckytoddler/status/1474872705

Bing’s last blog post..$500 Twitter Contest

Bing
Bing
April 8, 2009 7:56 pm

Tweeted again
http://twitter.com/luckytoddler/status/1480741181

Bing’s last blog post..$500 Twitter Contest

Sarah
Sarah
April 10, 2009 4:20 pm

To keep heart-healthy, I choose to eat vegetarian and cook most of our food at home. My husband and I go for low-fat, high-fiber meals with lots of veggies and fresh fruit. And we skip most of the processed or refined foods. Whenever I can, I bake bread at home and cook from scratch. We rarely eat out, and we work out together at our gym at least 3 days a week – but we try for 5 or 6 days a week. We both have a lot of degenerative diseases in our extended families, and we want to live… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
April 10, 2009 4:23 pm

Posted a “share” with the “I helped a Heart!” on my Facebook page…

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Bing
Bing
April 11, 2009 12:16 am
Bing
Bing
April 11, 2009 4:15 pm
Bing
Bing
April 12, 2009 12:31 pm

Tweet, tweet, tweet!
http://twitter.com/luckytoddler/status/1504238556

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