American Heart Month

Submitted: February 1, 2019 | Submitted By: Wileys Pharmacy

American Heart Month is held each February with a mission of raising awareness around heart disease risks and prevention. In America, heart disease is the leading cause of death, with an estimated 1 in 4 persons succumbing to heart complications each year, according to the Office of Heart Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. However, heart disease is preventable, and education plays a major part. This is where you can join the fight. Here’s what you can do to help.

Raise Awareness of American Heart Month

There are several ways to help raise awareness. A few activities noted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute include the following:

  • Get the word out. Organize an awareness day at your school or office. Ask neighborhood health professionals to speak about heart disease risks and preventive measures.
  • Go social. Take to social media and tweet or post messages about American Heart Month.
  • Wear red. Suit up in red on the first Friday in February. Encourage friends, relatives, and co-workers to do the same.
  • Start writing. Write an article for a local or office newsletter to promote the mission of American Heart Month.

From organizing local events to using social media and wearing red, you can help raise awareness about heart health in your community.

Lead by Example

Perhaps there is no better way to raise awareness than to set an example. Show others how important this is by taking steps to keep your own heart healthy. Heart disease is not age-specific, so the time to get started is now. Consider these recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health:

  • Get physical. Moderate physical activity several times a week goes a long way in keeping your heart healthy.
  • Lose weight. This may be easier said than done, but it is worth the effort. Even a small weight loss matters.
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Put more vegetables on your plate and snack on fruits instead of sugary alternatives.
  • Stop smoking. If you can’t do it alone, seek out programs to help you quit. Many health organizations and employers offer support programs.

Note that you should see your doctor to learn your own risk factors and before taking part in any diet or exercise activities. American Heart Month is a great time to take this step.

Summing it Up

Make plans to celebrate American Heart Month by raising awareness in your community. Be the example by getting heart-healthy yourself.

During your journey, you can be sure to count on your local pharmacy to help with any pharmaceutical needs your doctor recommends. In Lancaster County, Wiley’s Pharmacy has several locations to serve you and your heart.

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