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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Hey, y’all! I'm Amber, and I wear many hats: Pastor's wife, marriage advocate, eclectic homeschooler, mother of three, and domestically challenged homemaker--lovin’ life and livin’ deep in the heart of Texas.
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