February 14th is Valentine’s Day! A day that is celebrated throughout the US as well as in many other countries. The history of Valentine’s Day dates back to the ancient Romans and Victorian England. It is celebrated by giving candy, flowers, and gifts to your sweetheart. This year how about giving yourself a gift, to your own heart, by taking steps to get heart healthy.
February is American Heart Month! It is an opportunity all month long to make some positive, personal decisions towards the prevention heart disease. Did you know that heart disease is mostly preventable? While heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women, there are things you can do to protect your heart and stay healthy. Join others around the nation and start implementing these life-style choices:
Understand Your Risks
This is the first step as risk factors vary by person.
Get Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Checked
Work with your doctor to get in a healthy range.
Eat Heart-Healthy Foods
Visit the NHLBI’s website to understand which foods to choose.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Keep your body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9 for adults.
Learn how to manage stress and improve your overall health.
Get Regular Physical Activity
Physical activity is good for your health.
Learn about programs that can help you quit smoking.
Get Enough Good-Quality Sleep
Sleep is vital to your overall health.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) “…having social support and personal networks makes getting regular physical activity, eating healthy, losing weight, and quitting smoking easier.” You can check out their “…interactive map to see how others around the country are being heart healthy.” Visit the NHLBI’s website for more information.