Let’s Have a Heart to Heart About Promoting Heart Health!
Although February is Heart Health Month it is important to raise awareness all year around. Heart disease is responsible for taking one in every four lives. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, killing more people than all forms of cancer combined.
The American Heart Association works continuously to raise awareness about the effects of heart disease but it is up to us to raise awareness to those who surround us every day. Here are some tips on how YOU can raise and awareness and promote prevention.
- Go Red. Every year more women are affected by heart disease than men. This has led the American Heart Association to start the “Go Red for Women” People are encouraged to wear red one day in February to raise awareness and strike a conversation about the disease in women.
- Get Cookin’. Start incorporating some heart healthy meals throughout the day. Get together with friends and share recipes and meals.
- Learn CPR. Every year about 326,000 Americans have heart attacks outside a hospital setting. Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can actually help save lives in these sort of situations.
- Get Moving. Exercise is key to living a healthy life. Exercising can be difficult but setting a goal can make it easier, such as training to participate in your local America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk.
- Visit Your Doctor. The only way to know if you are at risk of developing a heart disease is by getting screened. Make a quick visit to your doctor and get yourself screened. Make sure to share your experience with friends and family and to encourage them to get screened as well. It’s quick and easy!
Make sure to share all of the ways you are promoting heart health on social media. Post your #GoRed pictures on Instagram. Share your screening experience on Twitter. Or post your heart healthy meal recipe on Facebook. And keep in mind how important it is to continue raising awareness all year around!