Health 101: February is American Heart Disease Month

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. In fact, each year 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

February is American Heart Disease Month and the perfect time to start thinking about heart health and ways to make healthy changes in your lifestyle. Taking the steps to prevent heart problems can start today.

How can you help prevent heart disease?

  • Add exercise to your daily regimen. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, every little bit will help. Start slowly and work your way up to an exercise routine that your doctor is comfortable with.
  • Increase healthy food intake – Start making healthier food choices. Increase the amount of water, fruits and veggies you consume on a daily basis. Be sure to talk to your doctor before changing your exercise and diet habits.
  • Say goodbye to cigarettes – You know it’s bad for you. It’s time to stop today. There are many resources out there to help you quit. Good heart health starts with preventing these toxic chemicals from entering your body.
  • Take medications as prescribed – If you or a loved one is on blood pressure or cholesterol medications, it’s very important to take them – and any other meds – as they are prescribed.

How can you help others?

Get the word out. Spread the word about Heart Health Month. Encourage others to do the above preventative measures to help decrease the chances of having heart issues. Use social media outlets or work events to help get the word out. Consider having a designated day to wear red or have heart healthy food options for employees. Good habits have to start somewhere!

Source for ways to help prevent heart disease: CDC.gov.

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