How Are You Celebrating Heart Month?
Feb 04, 2021
February is American Heart Month – a time to shine the spotlight on heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans.
While organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) have been fighting disease for nearly a century, Heart Month as a health observance officially started in 1964 with a proclamation issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Since that time, U.S. presidents have annually declared February as American Heart Month.
This year more than ever, it is important to focus on heart disease prevention, treatment and research.
Because of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Many people delayed going to the doctor for checkups and even delayed going to the hospital. The AHA reminds us that we don't want people to "die of doubt" by not going to the hospital if they are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. We have also seen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in lifestyle choices. Many people found themselves at home more often - struggling with eating poorly, drinking more alcohol and not getting enough physical activity - all of which can contribute to heart disease.
- Quit smoking (or don't start! This includes vaping and any other tobacco use).
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Fill your plate with colorful fruits and veggies.
- Control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every week.
- Get regular checkups.
- Manage stress.
- Get enough sleep.
Live Fierce. Go Red. Love Your Heart.