Use the last week of February -- American Heart Month -- to get healthy

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Since proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, February has been celebrated as American Heart Month. And while this is the last week of the month, it's a perfect time to take stock of your heart health and make doctor's appointments, even if they're in March.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans; Johnson made the proclamation nine years after he had a heart attack. That led to local initiatives about preventing heart disease, like the Kissimmee 5K race held Valentine's Day weekend every year.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends a list of things you can do to be heart healthier:
  • understand risks in family history
  • get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked and regulated
  • get down (or up ) to a healthy weight
  • eat heart-healthy foods
  • eliminate stress
  • quit smoking
  • get plenty of sleep and physical exercise
But the biggest tip: get a buddy to do it with you. The #OurHearts movement is a national initiative to encourage people to be heart healthy together. NHLBI and The Heart Truth have come up with ways to have strength in numbers:

Have walking meetings, or start a walking club;

Exercise or go to a yoga session with a neighbor;

Go grocery shopping with your family for healthy ingredients and make a healthy meal to share;

Tell a friend you’re quitting smoking and ask for their support;

And, after you've seen a doctor if you detect any possible problems, share it all to social media with the #OurHearts hashtag.

So get up, get a buddy and get heart healthy!

From your friends at Draper Law Office!


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