Celebrate American Heart Health Month This February

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RAISING HEART HEALTH AWARENESS: February is Heart Health Awareness Month. Infographic: American Heart Association

February is American Heart Health Month. The American Heart Association marks February as a time to raise awareness about heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the USA, statistics show

The UMHS Endeavour looks at what American Heart Health Month is, what you should know about heart health, from basic facts to things you can do to be more “heart healthy,” all based on information from the American Heart Association.

Heart Disease Facts

“1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease” annually, the American Heart Association says. Fortunately, heart disease can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices. Below are some facts about Heart Health Awareness Month and heart disease in general from the American Heart Association.

How can American Heart Month make a difference?

  • Use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas from the American Heart Association:

  • Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school. This can help students start good habits early.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.

Ways to Lower Risk of Heart Disease:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.

If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation

2017 Heart Health Events

The American Heart Association lists the following heart health-related events during February.

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Online Resources

The American Heart Association

(http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heart Disease: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/faqs.htm)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Quit Smoking

(http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/index.htm)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heart Disease 101

(http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=3&lvlid=126)

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health Heart Health and Stroke

(http://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-health-stroke/)

 Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health Heart and Vascular Diseases

(http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/index.htm)

Keep the Beat: Deliciously Healthy Eating

(https://healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov)

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: What is a Heart Attack?

(http://nihseniorhealth.gov/heartattack/toc.html)


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