A big claim, no? Well, February is National Heart Month, an annual event put on by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It’s a great time for brushing up on your heart health knowledge, making any necessary changes in your own approach to heart health while sharing information on America’s leading cause of death. That includes learning if you’re at risk, why you may be at risk, and most important, how to reduce or prevent that risk.
I urge you to give National Heart Month’s events and other offerings your utmost attention. And I promise you, hand on my own heart, that you will find invaluable information that just might guide you to make heart-saving, life-saving changes in your life.
Would that not make February the most important month of your life?
An extraordinary effort for an urgent cause
The CDC has created a truly impressive array of learning and sharing materials and opportunities. And for good reason—630,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
It’s heartbreaking that so many of these deaths could have been prevented. So to me, spreading the word on prevention is imperative.
The CDC has left no word-spreading tactic unused. That includes “tweets” to pass along on Twitter, and emails already written for you. Send them to people you want to share the heart-health message with.
National Heart Month also includes great ideas like organizing and leading a 20-minute group walk around your office at lunchtime. They even provide you with heart healthy information to share with your coworkers.
They also suggest conducting a cooking demonstration using a heart-healthy recipe. Invite your friends, family, or neighbors to share good food and good ideas.
You might also visit the CDC’s Million Hearts Facebook page to learn more about heart disease and stroke prevention—and share with your online friends.
And don’t forget National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about women and heart disease. You may have seen people in your community wearing red on February 1, 2019.
The key word here is celebrate.
There’s no shortage of discouraging news, for sure. But National Heart Month is also a time to take hope—and take action. Every year brings new and often game-changing breakthroughs in prevention and restoration.
Underscoring the breadth and depth of materials available is insightful recognition that discussing heart health with a loved one can be difficult. So you’ll find “Heart Health: Conversation Starters,” to help you.
Choosing the best foods can be a challenge, too. So there’s even a resource called “Heart Healthy Foods: Shopping list.”
You’ve heard that keeping track of your activity and everything you eat and drink is important, but don’t know how to start?
Find your “Daily Food and Activity Diary” already set up for you. Just fill in the blanks.
Same with exercise? There’s a “Be Active Your Way Widget” waiting for you.
- Instructive and engaging videos that you can watch, then email your friends and family?
- Here are few samples:
- “How Old Is Your Heart? Learn Your Heart Age”
- “Blood Pressure Control”
- “Risks for Heart Disease and Stroke”
A heartfelt plea
Please promise me you’ll get involved in National Heart Month activities. I promise, in turn, that years from now, you just might remember February, 2019, as the most important in your or your loved ones’ life.