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February 2020 Well-Being Newsletter: American Heart Month

February 2020 Well-Being Newsletter: American Heart Month

What is American Heart Month? 

  • The first American Heart Month was proclaimed by President Lyndon B Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30th, 1963.

  • The aim is to raise awareness about heart health and urge those around you to take the necessary steps to prevent heart disease.

  • While American Heart Month is a federally designed month in the United States, it is important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. 

Important Facts about Heart Disease & Heart Attacks: 

  • Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined
  • 72% of Americans do not consider themselves at risk for heart disease
  • 58% of Americans put no effort into improving their health
  • 83% believe that heart attacks can be prevented but aren't motivated to do anything

How to Take Care of Your Heart: 

  • Get at least 2.5 hours of physical activity each week
    • Or 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week
  • Adopt a healthy diet that is low in sodium and saturated fat
  • Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, and nuts
  • Quit Smoking
    • The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your heart and blood vessels in many ways
  • Reduce stress and improve sleep
    • Stress can contribute to high blood pressure and other heart risks
    • Not getting enough sleep or regularly getting poor quality sleep increases the risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease, and other medical conditions. 
"So many people spend their health gaining wealth, but then have to spend their wealth to regain their health." 

To get more involved, contact campusrec@ohio.edu