Go Red for American Heart Month
With the new year comes new resolutions. We take the stairs instead of the elevator to burn a few extra calories. We cut back on unhealthy foods like hamburgers and pizza to fit better in our jeans. We walk our dog around the block to get in some steps. While many of us take these actions to lose holiday pounds or get back in shape, we often forget how important it is to make these smart choices year-round for our overall heart health.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 610,000 Americans die each year from heart disease—making it the leading cause of death among men and women. According to the CDC, nearly half of all Americans have at least one of three risk factors for heart disease including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking. However, the CDC also notes that diabetes, obesity, a poor diet, physical inactivity or excessive alcohol use can play a role in the onset of heart disease.
This American Heart Month, take action to lower your risk for heart disease. Follow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendations by watching your weight, getting active, eating healthy, quitting smoking, staying away from second-hand smoke and controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure. You can find additional heart-healthy living tips like recipes, at-home workouts and kid activities at heart.org.
Don’t forget! Celebrate National Wear Red Day on February 5, 2016 to raise awareness about heart disease in your community.