American Heart Month is held each February with a mission of raising awareness around heart disease risks and prevention. In America, heart disease is the leading cause of death, with an estimated 1 in 4 persons succumbing to heart complications each year, according to the Office of Heart Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. However, heart disease is preventable, and education plays a major part. At Sunflower Home Health, we want to do our part and help raise awareness. Here’s what you can do to help:
Raise Awareness of American Heart Month
One of the most important ways to help combat heart disease is to raise awareness, and there are several ways to do so. A few activities noted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute include the following:
- Get the word out. Organize an awareness day at your school or office. Ask neighborhood health professionals to speak about heart disease risks and preventive measures.
- Go social. Take to social media and tweet or post messages about American Heart Month. Post your workout results and challenge friends to get active with you.
- Wear red. Suit up in red on Fridays in February. Encourage friends, relatives, and co-workers to do the same.
- Start writing. Write an article for a local or office newsletter to promote the mission of American Heart Month.
- Fundraise. Encourage your friends and family to come together and raise money for the American Heart Association
From organizing local events to using social media and wearing red, you can help raise awareness about heart health in your community. Raising awareness leads to more opportunities to educate younger generations about staying healthy and also funds more research that could lead to medical advances that help heart disease patients.
Lead by Example
Perhaps there is no better way to raise awareness than to set an example. Show others how important this is by taking steps to keep your own heart-healthy. Heart disease is not age-specific, so the time to get started is now. Consider these recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health:
- Get physical. Moderate physical activity several times a week goes a long way in keeping your heart healthy.
- Lose weight. This may be easier said than done, but it is worth the effort. Even a small weight loss matters. Not only will you feel better, but you’re increasing your odds of living a long and healthy life.
- Eat more fruits and veggies. Put more vegetables on your plate and snack on fruits instead of sugary alternatives. Good choices now leader to a better quality of life later on.
- Stop smoking. If you can’t do it alone, seek out programs to help you quit. Many health organizations and employers offer support programs.
Note that you should see your doctor to learn your own risk factors and before taking part in any diet or exercise activities. American Heart Month is a great time to take this step.
Make plans to celebrate American Heart Month by raising awareness in your community. Be the example by getting heart-healthy yourself. Who knows, you could start a new tradition in your community that helps your community become a healthier place to live for generations to come. All it takes is one person to motivate others, who tell their friends and family, and you have a movement on your hands.
During your journey, you can be sure to count on your Sunflower Home Health to support and educate you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to navigate to the contact us form on our website and reach out or give us a call at your local office. Those numbers are listed below:
- Charleston – (662) 647-0653
- Clarksdale – (662) 624-4141
- Cleveland – (662)756-4676
- Greenwood – (662) 455-3535
- Grenada – (662) 294-0726
- Indianola – (662) 887-1518
At Sunflower Home Health, we truly believe that education and awareness are the keys to making the Mississippi Delta a healthy and safe place to live, something that we are committed to making a reality.