February Is American Heart Month
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