If I were to ask you the leading cause of death in women, would you be able to tell me? If not, how do you know you're doing enough to prevent it?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the leading cause of death in women is heart disease (22.3%), causing 1 in 3 deaths in women each year based on Go Red for Women research. Heart disease is a big umbrella that could mean a number of cardiovascular diseases. They generally refer to conditions that involve the narrowing of blood vessels that leads to heart attacks, angina, or strokes.

The best news though is that there are a number of ways to prevent heart disease. The easier ones include knowing your family history and knowing your numbers. The next step would be to get your blood pressure under control, lower your cholesterol, and manage your blood sugar. Overall though, staying active and eating a healthy diet is the best way to prevent these and many other diseases. Check out our post on Hidden Hiking Gems in the Capital Region for some ideas about where you can go to enjoy the New York fall weather, changing leaves, and help keep yourself active.

This is a post from a weekly series we’re calling ‘Fresh and Healthy’ a series about living well in the Capital Region. You will be able to find a new story about everything from staying active, to great food, to outdoor activities and more every Thursday morning.

‘Fresh and Healthy’ is sponsored by Ellis Medicine. Every week on Thursday mornings, visit their Facebook page to find their companion post to this series to get more information on the best ways to stay healthy from the experts.