February is a special time of year because among other major national observances, it is also recognized as American Heart Month. We would like to encourage our communities to invest some extra time during this month to remind yourselves and those around you about the risks of heart disease. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
Fortunately, heart disease is often preventable when people manage their health conditions and make choices that can lead to a healthier life. Please take this time to read about our Life’s Simple 7 steps to healthier living: https://mylifecheck.heart.org
1. Get Active
2. Control Cholesteral
3. Eat Better
4. Manage Blood Pressure
5. Lose Weight
6. Reduce Blood Sugar
7. Stop Smoking
We also encourage you to become familiar with how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T: Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficuly, Time to call 9.1.1.
Our interactive library is another excellent resource to learn about heart risks, so please check it out:
In observance of American Heart Month, we ask that you help us spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. Take action: Be the cure! Join the American Heart Association’s national movement in support of healthier communities and healthier lives.