Feb 23 2017

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February Is American Heart Month


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

American Heart Month can make a difference by raising awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community. Here are a few ideas:

• Make small changes, like using spices to season food instead of salt.
• Motivate teachers to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early.
• Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in the communities by speaking about ways to prevent heart disease. How can I help spread the word?
• Add information about living a heart healthy lifestyle to your newsletter.
• Tweet about American Heart Month.
• Host a community event where families can be active while learning about local health resources.

Take action: Be the cure! Join the American Heart Association’s national movement in support of healthier lives.

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