Celebrate Heart Health Month with Quaker & Fabio Viviani

Just over two years ago, I learned about women's heart health in one of the toughest ways possible... by rushing my mother-in-law to the hospital with back and chest pains, only to find out that she had two significant blockages in her arteries and she was having a major heart attack!  Luckily, I was awake in the middle of the night and convinced her to head to the hospital when the aspirin that she'd taken wasn't dulling the pain in her back like she'd hoped... like most women, she thought the pain was bearable and that she'd just strained something or pulled a muscle picking up my kids or carrying something... if she'd waited much longer... I wouldn't have my mother-in-law and my kids wouldn't have their Nana...  You can read my blog post about that scary night here

Since then, I have been researching ways to help prevent heart disease and heart attacks for myself and for my sisters, mother, aunts, cousins ... well all of my family... the most important thing I learned is that women often do not present the same outward symptoms of heart attacks that men do, and we often put our own health needs after those of our families and commitments - something that we truly shouldn't do...

Since February is Heart Health Month, I want to take the opportunity to share some fun partnerships that are bringing women's heart health into the forefront:

Renowned chef and international heartthrob, Fabio Viviani has teamed up with Quaker with a great inspirational Epic Hot Breakfast message to share here:

Quaker's Heart Health program doesn't end there either - they're having a Heart Health Twitter Party on Tuesday February 19th from 8-9 PM EST. The party will be hosted by @ResourcefulMom and @FabioViviani will be the celebrity guest!  Drop by to learn about Heart Health and share your own experiences!  You can RSVP by clicking here - and be eligible to win ONE of FOUR $50 Visa Gift Cards!

Finally, if that's not enough, you can also win great prizes by Tweeting out Fabio Vivaini & Quaker's Epic Hot Breakfast video on above or on YouTube.com/Quaker and then share it on Twitter and use hashtag #QuakerLove by February 28th, 2013.  Prizes include a Grand Prize trip for two get away and enjoy a spa treatment, and dine at Siena Tavern in Chicago or one of 15 “Ultimate Hot Breakfast” prize packs complete with Quaker Oats, signed items from Fabio Viviani, and additional items to help start your day. 

Quaker's Heart Health Month partnership is a great way to bring this topic to the forefront! You can catch up with Quaker on their social media channels: FacebookTwitterYouTube &        Google+ - and of course their website!  

You can also get more information about Heart Health and Women by checking out www.heart.org for information on the American Heart Association and www.GoRedForWomen.org to learn about women’s heart health.
So what are you waiting for?  You've already watched the video... so tweet it out for your chance to win - then head over to RSVP for the Twitter Party and then check out the great resources available to improve your own heart health today!

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.  All information regarding contests, twitter parties and the youtube video were supplied to me by the campaign and Acting Balanced has no influence on the outcomes, content or rules.