American Heart Month Arrives


Jack Simpson

With February coming it’s time to get ready for American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart health and learn how to prevent heart disease. About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year and this month the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute works to help people.

            For every week of February there will be a theme to keep people motivated. The first week encourages being physically active with other people by exercising or walking. The second week the NHLBI suggests eating healthy and sharing your heart healthy recipes with other participants. The third week is about tracking your heart health stats with others and having goals for your physical activities. The fourth and final week is about managing stress, sleeping better, and quitting smoking by meditating and asking for a friends help.

            The NHLBI is also hosting a National Wear Red Day, Feb 7, in support of cardiovascular disease awareness. On the NHLBI website you can print posters and stickers to show your support. They also have images for you to copy and paste and post on social media. On the National Wear Red Day page they have additional sources for the public to access and use to raise awareness.

            All over America people are joining the #OurHearts movement and showing support for the cause to end heart disease. The NHLBI speaks on how having positive, close relationships can benefit your heart health and how you can help your community reward. You can also see tweets by others participants of American Heart Month online  showing their support of #OurHearts and show your own by retweeting them and posting your own comment.

 The “Heart Truth” as the website states, is that one in five women in the United States are affected and heart disease is the leading cause of death. There are many factors that can put you at risk for heart disease such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, unhealthy lifestyle, and more. With so many people affected, the NHLBI is doing everything they can to raise awareness and stop this preventable disease.

The NHLBI develops health education and awareness programs to  start change in the public eye. These programs work all over the country and work towards lowering risk of heart disease and help people stay healthy. The NHLBI works with private sector organizations and the government to help reach out and help the public.

There are many ways to take part in this important cause such as going to the Kids Heart Challenge, Feb 13, and raising money to fight heart disease and having fun at the same time. There is also the Heart Walk, Feb 1 at the University of Houston, where you can celebrate your health with friends and family and work to bettering yourself. Last but certainly not least is the Wear Red Day wear you can wear a red shirt and show support for those suffering from heart disease and raise awareness.