National Heart Month

By February 27, 2019Hospital News

NATIONAL HEART MONTH

February focuses on the heart making it National Heart Month. Anyone can be at risk for heart disease. More and more, our sedentary lifestyles are putting us at risk at a younger age. Obesity, high blood pressure, and smoking all increase our risk factors.

Each one of those we can take action to lower our risk. Get moving. Remove stress. And quit smoking. Eat healthier.

Even small changes help make a difference. Reduce the amount of fast food. Eat more greens. Take the stairs. Walk the kids to school. Go outside and play with the kids or walk the dog.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Talk to your physician about your risk factors. Walking is one of the healthiest and safest activities we can do for ourselves. Learn more at www.cdc.gov and use #NationalHeartMonth to share on social media.

HISTORY  

The American Heart Association proclaimed February as National Heart Month.

How Can You Make a Difference for Heart Health Month?

1) Teach your kids about maintaining a healthy heart by:

    • Exercising together
    • Se
    • rve your family a “Heart Healthy Food of the Day.” Some foods that promote cardiovascular health include blueberries, honey, and broccoli.
    • Talk about things that affect the heart negatively:
      • Smoking
      • Alcohol
      • Too Much Salt
      • Fatty or Greasy Foods

2)  Ask your child’s school to get involved by adding more physical activity into their day —even if it’s just a few jumping jacks between lessons. This can help establish good habits early.

3) Ask leaders and health professionals to educate their communities about heart disease through speaking engagements, literature, and school visits.