It’s February, and that means American Heart Health month. And with Valentines Day around the corner, it’s a great time to start thinking about the most loving gift you can give: heart health.
This Valentine’s Day, make a difference in your life and the lives of your loved ones when you commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in our country, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths, and affecting significantly more men than women. But this Valentines Day, strong men are making small changes in their lives that will make a big difference. Here’s what they’re doing:
- Scheduling a visit with their doctor to talk about heart health. Scheduling regular check-ups are vital, even if you think you are not sick.
- Adding exercise to their daily routine. Get started by walking 15 minutes, 3 times each week. After a couple of weeks, increase your time to 30 minutes, 3 times each week.
- Increasing healthy eating. Cook heart-healthy mealsthat are low in sodium at home at least 3 times each week.
- Taking steps to quit smoking. If you currently smoke, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn more at CDC’s Smoking and Tobacco Use website.
- Taking medication as prescribed. If you’re having trouble taking your medicines on time or if you’re having side effects, ask your doctor for help.
You Can Support American Heart Month
Show your support for heart health by sharing messages on your social media platforms using #heartmonth and through these activities:
- Follow Million Hearts®on Facebook (@millionhearts) and Twitter (@MillionHeartsUS) to get #HeartToHeart messages to share or retweet.
- Tell lawmakers to fully fund physical education programs that will help our kids get and stay active. Take action here: http://bit.ly/2jqeAi5
- Keep the conversation going offline by talking about the importance of heart health with your friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Turn your next get-together into a healthy get-together! Download the Healthy Get-Together Planning Guide[3.94 MB].
The more you know about your health, the better you’ll feel. At Good Days, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve a healthier and happier life. Helping people live good days, every day. That’s Good Days.
Source: Strong Men Put Their Heart Health First