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Monday, February 1, 2016

February is American Heart Month

February Is American Heart Month
During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke, and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.
According to a recent article by the Center for Disease Control, Cardiovascular disease (CVD)—
including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number 1 killer of women and
men in the United States. It is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and
enjoying family activities.
You can control a number of risk factors for CVD, including: diet, physical activity, tobacco use,
obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes.
As you begin your journey to better heart health that can last a lifetime, keep these things in mind:
  • Try not to become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart, andevery healthy choice makes a difference!
  • Partner up. The journey is more fun—and often more successful—when you have company.
  • Ask friends and family to join you.
  • Don't get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night's sleep—also important for a healthy heart—and do what you can tomorrow.
  •  Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunchtime walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends.
 So this February show some love to yourself, and take one step to hug your heart!
Source: Devon Christiansen, Director, Brown County Aging & Disability Resource Center

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