American Heart Month
February is not only the time for love, but the time for health. American Heart Month is an incredible opportunity to learn more about ways you and your loved ones can engage in more heart healthy behaviors. Most heart diseases and cardiovascular disease are preventable, and can be controlled by taking the following steps –
- Don’t smoke – Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. If you are a smoker or know a smoker who would like to quit, find a local tobacco cessation program in your area.
- Be physical active – National guidelines suggest accumulating 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous physical activity. Staying physically active keeps the heart healthy!
- Practice good nutrition – Eating a balanced meal full of healthy and colorful foods will help ensure you get a wide array of heart healthy nutrients.
- Maintain a healthy weight – Doing what you can to maintain a healthy weight is a great way to combat heart disease.
- Control blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels – Practicing healthy behaviors that control blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels lead to having a healthier heart and reducing the likelihood of certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and asthma.
If you would like to learn more about American Heart Month, visit the Society of Public Health Education.