The month of February is a celebration of love filled with flowers and heart shaped boxes of candy for those special people in your life. Little kids design beautiful cards to share with classmates, mommy, and daddy! We rush to buy the perfect shade of red to wear for Valentine’s Day then put the dress back in the closet for another year. Our excitement for Valentine’s Day overshadows what matters most, taking care of your own heart!
American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month! It is time to get the word out that a healthy heart is what matters most to your loved ones. The Centers for Disease Control website states that about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year-that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. WebMD denotes 23.4% of all deaths were due to heart disease. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for women. Stroke is the # 3 cause of death. These statistics are staggering when you think we are the ones who can improve our own heart health.
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee….
It is up to each of us to get our “ticker” in the best shape possible for a healthy and long life. We are fortunate that medical researchers and physicians across the world are working to improve our heart health outcomes. It is time to gain control of this incredible organ and let it work the way it should without skipping a beat. Although heart disease is most common in older women, women between the ages of 40 and 60 years have at least one risk factor for the disease according to Womenshealth.gov.
Do a happy heart dance!
It’s time to work on your inner self to make those improvements you know will help you maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. Follow the path to success by following some basic food recommendations from WomensHealth.gov.
- Foods with whole grain and healthy protein
- Seafood- Salmon, Trout, Mackerel
- Skinless poultry, lean meats, beans, eggs
- Avoid foods with sugar, calories and unhealthy fats
Channel your inner Rocky!
Talk to your physician about what steps you can take to reduce your risks for heart disease and stroke. Strengthen your heart using guidelines and recommendations from the American Heart Association. Time to move it with at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise, or a combination of both. Put the electronic devices down, take a neighborhood walk, join the gym, and find a heart friend to share goals.
Love your heart!
Yes, as women we wear our hearts on our sleeve every day as the expression goes. It’s time to protect the one on the inside for a lifetime of well-being. The heart is a precious organ that remains at the center of love and the one that counts the most!