February is American Heart Month

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Posted: 2/26/2018 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare
February 2018 is American Heart Month, and February 2rd is National Wear Red Day. The purpose of these two causes is to raise awareness of heart health in America.

National Wear Red Day is a way for all of America to show support, raise awareness, and help fund research specifically for cardiovascular diseases that kill approximately one women every 80 seconds. By wearing red and donating to Go Red For Women on February 2nd, America can help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

The American Heart Association helps lead the fight through awareness, education, and funding of medical research. The organization has invested more than $3.7 billion into studies, including more than $100 million annually since 1996, the most of any entity outside the federal government.

The AHA began in 1924, and the tradition of American Heart Month began in 1964. Amazing progress has been made since that heightened awareness. Still, cardiovascular disease account for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

It is never too early to take steps to protect our health. Look at some of the following thing you can do to improve your heart health and don’t forget to see your doctor to find out if you have cardiovascular risk factors.

Eat Smart – Our diet is a major factor when it comes to heart health. Eating healthy doesn’t mean dieting or giving up all your favorite foods, its means adding more nutrient dense foods, eating less harmful processed foods, and gaining knowledge about food in general.

Moving More – Another major factor to heart health is exercise! Again, this doesn’t mean spending countless hours at the gym, but it does start with just getting up and moving. That includes going for walks, playing catch, riding a bike or anything that you enjoy that gets your heart pumping.

Sleep – Yes, sleeping more is good for your heart! Along with eating well and exercising daily, getting a goodnights rest is right up there with them. Having a well-rested body and mind reduces stress and encourages a healthy body and a healthy heart.

During the month of February spend some time on your heart by eating smart, moving more, sleeping better and of course go to the doctor for a checkup.  

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