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Set Your Heart on Good Health This Month - and Every Month

Lee Health in the Community
Author name: Lee Health

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month—and that means more than just Valentine’s Day.

Maintaining a healthy heart is essential for your overall health. Heart disease causes one death every 36 seconds in the United States, according to the CDC.

You don’t need to experience a heart attack or heart failure to have an unhealthy heart. Many things, called cardiovascular risk factors, can increase your risk for heart disease:

  • Diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • High blood pressure and/or cholesterol
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy diet

The numbers are astounding: Nearly 85 percent of people in this country report at least one cardiovascular risk factor, and Lee County is no exception. According to the 2020 Lee County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), about 87 percent of Lee County residents have at least one cardiovascular risk factor.

Interestingly, only 25 percent of Lee County residents report eating the recommended 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Thankfully, the CDC provides six strategies for success for keeping your heart strong and healthy.

Lee Health ask you to consider implementing a few of these into your daily routine during American Heart Month! Join us in supporting the American Heart Association’s #WATCHME social media movement, which shares how we are taking charge of our health to live longer and healthier lives. All month, we invite you to share photos of how you implement healthy choices with the hashtag #WATCHME on social media.

Here are some quick tips to remember this month – and all year long:

  1. Learn Your Health History. Know your risks and talk to your family and doctor about your health history. #WATCHME take control of my health
  2. Eat A Healthy Diet. Make healthy food choices like more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Eat less salt, saturated fat, and added sugar. #WATCHME eat healthy
  3. Move More, Sit Less. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week. #WATCHME move more
  4. Quit Smoking. Start your quit plan today! Take the first step and call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for FREE support. #WATCHME quit smoking
  5. Take Medicins as Directed. If you take medicine to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something. Never stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. #WATCHME follow my doctor’s instructions
  6. Rethink Your Drink. Substitute water for sugary drinks to reduce calories. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. #WATCHME stay hydrated

It’s important to monitor your heart health and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. Lee Health Coconut Point’s Healthy Life Center is hosting several Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure Screening events throughout the month of February. Check out the calendar of events to find a time and RSVP to know your numbers!

Be sure to wear red on Friday, Feb. 5, for National Wear Red Day to remind the nation to focus on heart health and encourage family, friends, and community to get involved in the fight against heart disease and stroke conditions.

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