Welcome to February, American Heart Month!
Regrettably, many of us know individuals that have been affected by heart disease or stroke. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the CDC, 1 in every 3 deaths is caused by heart disease and stroke which equals approximately 2,200 deaths per day. American Heart Month focuses on awareness and promoting healthy lifestyles for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. A heart healthy diet, regular exercise, weight management, stress management, and quitting smoking are all lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Bristol Village joins the Ohio team for Million Hearts: Healthy Cardiovascular Across Ohio with Adena Health System, and Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in presenting 3 classes regarding Your Healthy Heart.
Million Hearts® is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes. Million Hearts® brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.
Million Hearts® aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:
- Improving the quality of care for the ABCS (appropriate aspirin use, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, smoking cessation)
- Reduce the dietary intake of sodium
- Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS
- Improving access to effective care
- Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke
- Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle
The goals of this program are to:
- Prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce risks within communities across the state of Ohio
- Increase screenings for cardiovascular disease
- Provide educational information on reducing cardiovascular risk and preventative
- lifestyle modifications
- Provide referrals to health care providers
Topics and screenings to be held at Bristol Village include:
- Cardiovascular screening,
- Heart Disease,
- Cardiovascular Health, Recipes,
- How to cope with Stress and
- Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration.
I attended the first screening and was exceedingly happy I did. There were things I knew, and most importantly, things I learned that I didn’t know. Tammy Jones, Family Consumer Sciences Educator OSU Extension Pike County, is guiding us through the heart healthy journey. I’m looking forward to next week’s seminar.
It is so important to take care of your health and heart. After the past few weeks, I am a definitely changed person when it comes to paying attention to all my health numbers. And, I am very proud of Bristol Village that cares for this community.
Making lifestyle changes is difficult; don’t get upset if you fall off the wagon occasionally, just make sure you get back on. Try your best and continually work to improve your diet and physical activity to promote a healthier heart. Talk to your healthcare provider about your risks for heart disease and their recommendations.
So, join the dialogue and let us know what your Healthy Lifestyle changes include.
As always, I am an almost heart healthy Boomer Explorer.