February 2012 - American Heart Month
It's easy to think about hearts during the month of February….we see them everywhere! They are in store windows, in advertisements on television; our Synergy office is decorated with hearts this month! However, most of the heart "extravaganza" is focused on Valentine's Day. How appropriate that February is also American Heart Month.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a program called Million Hearts. The purpose of this program is to educate and empower the public to make better heart-healthy choices. According to the CDC, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States . I'm sure that each and every one of us knows someone who is or has been affected by heart disease. Personally, my father underwent triple bypass surgery several years ago, and at a fairly young age. So this subject is definitely near and dear to my heart (no pun intended).
During the month of February, take a little time to consider what you know about heart disease in your family history. Then, consider what choices and activities you participate in that can affect your chances of developing heart disease. Or perhaps, how those choices and activities affect a loved one! Are you exercising at all? Are you eating healthy? Here are a few things you can do for yourself or someone you care for:
- avoid tobacco use
- reduce the amount of sodium and trans fat you consume
- eat fresh fruits and vegetables
- take your cholesterol medication
- try to be physically active for at least 30 minutes, most days of the week
You can support the Million Hearts program by visiting http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/
From my heart to yours…..let's keep them healthy!