This February is heart health month. A time to think about a vital organ that has multiple meanings. General health, spiritual health, love of friends and family and a time to think of others. As one of NYC’s oldest medical training schools, we’ll focus on the health (and encourage the spirit and love!)
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. In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack because of decreased blood flow. Fortunately, you can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.
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.
How can February American Heart Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.
- Motivate teachers and administrators 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 their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.
How can I help spread the word about Heart Health?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example: