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Feb 08

American Heart Month: #OurHearts are healthier together

Posted on February 8, 2021 at 9:00 pm by Clay Curtin

Each February American Heart Month is celebrated by motivating Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Heart disease does not only happen with older adults as research is showing it is happening at younger ages.

#OurHearts is an inspiring way for The Heart Truth® to encourage and motivate everyone to adopt heart-healthy behaviors, together. Research shows having social support and personal networks makes getting regular physical activity, eating healthy, losing weight, and quitting smoking easier.

Share your experience online with the hashtag #OurHearts to inspire others to join the #OurHearts movement with you!

Take control of your health
  • Don’t smoke: If you smoke, quitting will lower your risk for heart disease. Your doctor can suggest ways to help you quit.
  • Conditions that can lead to heart disease: Manage high blood pressure and high cholesterol. 
  • Make heart-healthy eating changes: Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods.
  • Stay active: Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. 
  • Keep a healthy weight: Carrying extra weight can put extra stress on the heart and blood vessels.
  • We are all more successful at meeting personal health goals when we join forces with others. When we take care of our hearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same. Inspire and motivate yourself and those you love to make heart health a regular part of your self-care routine.
This month, take care of your heart or motivate someone you know that may need a little help! For more information and resources visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.