February is American Heart Month

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The month of February holds many events of importance: Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Black History Month and American Heart Month. The last event is the only one to focus on American’s health. American Heart Month is a federally designated event designed to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to implement healthier practices in their daily loves and in those of their families, friends and communities.

In the United States, the leading cause of death for both men and women are heart disease; in fact, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease each year. As a result, American Heart Month is an extremely important thing because it can help increase national awareness. By making healthier choices and managing their bodies, heart disease can be prevented. By spreading the word about strategies to prevent heart disease, we can encourage people to practice healthier habits and save lives.

There are many easy things you can to during American Heart Month:

  1. Use other spices and/or reduce intake of salt.
  2. Spread awareness about American Heart Month on social media.
  3. Ask your doctor to check your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  4. Make healthy choices for you and your family.
  5. Add more exercise into your daily routine: take the stairs instead of the elevator, take a short walk at work, try a fun class at a gym nearby, etc.
  6. Host a community event to promote heart health, like a group walk.

For more information, visit this website. 

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