On Valentine's Day, what better topic to discuss than the heart? With February being American Heart Month, this is the perfect opportunity to take action to help prevent heart disease in your own life, as well as the lives of others. The Importance of Heart Health Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Despite this fact, heart disease is often preventable. By making better choices and small lifestyle changes, you can help reduce your risk for heart disease and live a healthy life. Incorporate the following tips into your lifestyle to begin taking steps toward a healthier heart:
Maintain a healthy weight.
Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure under control.
Drink alcohol in moderation.
Get active and eat healthy.
Getting the Word Out The more people know and understand the risks of heart disease, the more we can do to help prevent it. During American Heart Month, make it a point to be a voice in your community. Here are some ways you can get involved:
Start at home. The best way to affect change is to lead by example, and this starts in the home. Make a commitment to cook healthier meals, eat out less, and increase your physical activity, either individually or as a family.
Promote wellness in your workplace. Start a heart-healthy program with your coworkers, such as a daily-walking or healthy-eating challenge.
Participate in a Heart Walk. Help raise funds and get active while doing it. Visit the American Heart Association to locate a Heart Walk in your area.
When you take action to lead a heart-healthy life, those around you will take notice. Whatever you can do to get involved this month, know that each small effort makes a big difference. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!