Wear Red and Eat Red Too for Heart Month, plus a recipe for Cherry and Peach Parfaits

January 25, 2019

Did you know that one in three women die of heart disease?  That nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented?  Friday, February 1st is National Go Red day.  It is the day when we put on red to increase awareness about women and heart disease. It is day to take a look at our habits and make sure that we have committed to taking care of ourselves and being mindful about our lifestyle choices. 

We all should learn the signs and symptoms of Heart Attack:

  • Chest discomfort…pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Discomfort in other areas of the body….one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, stomach
  • Shortness of breath

Women are more likely to experience some of the other common symptoms, especially the shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you experience any of these symptoms you should call 911. 

Wear your RED this coming Friday to bring awareness and make a commitment to Eat Smart, Move More, and Manage Blood Pressure. We are encouraging all staff and community members to show your support on social media. Follow the guidelines below to be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Here are the steps to follow to be entered into the drawing

1. Post a photo of yourself wearing red on Friday February 1 using #WearRed

2. Tag Providence Health with @ProvHealthSC (Facebook/Instagram) or @ProvHospSC (Twitter)

3. Tag Midlands American Heart Association @MidlandsAHA (Facebook/Instagram) or @AmericanHeartSC (Twitter)

4. The winner will be announced on Monday Feb 4, 2019.

Try this recipe for breakfast or even dessert!

Cherry and Peach Parfaits


  • 2 cups pitted, cherries, halved or frozen unsweetened dark sweet cherries, thawed, halved
  • 1 c frozen unsweetened peach slices, thawed, diced
  • 1 ½ tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 cut fat-free Greek yogurt
  • ¼ c slivered almonds, dry-roasted


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the cherries, peaches, sugar and almond extract. 
  2. In each parfait glass, layer the ingredients as follow; 1/3 cherry mixture, 2 tbsp yogurt and 1/12 tps almonds.
  3. Repeat the layers. 

Nutrition Information: 154 cals, 3.5 g fat, 0 mg chol, 21 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 7 g protein

Recipe Source: The Go Red for Women Cookbook


This is another in a weekly series of healthy recipes from Kay MacInnis, registered dietitian at Providence Health in Columbia, S.C.

Kay promotes health and wellness, helping cardiac and diabetes patients eat their way to healthier lives. She works in consultation with the trained chefs at Providence, combining her nutrition knowledge with their food prep know-how to create delicious, healthy dishes for patients and the public. She also conducts a number of health and wellness events for the public, including the monthly Providence Cooks! classes.

"She doesn't just give you the fish, she teaches you how to cook it."

 – a Kay MacInnis fan and Providence Cooks! regular.