American Heart Month is a national observance used to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it. This February, Middlesex County Office of Health Services is proudly participating in American Heart Month, and residents can also show support for women's heart health by wearing RED on Friday, February 1, 2019 by participating in National Wear Red Day.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. It's never too early.. or too LATE to make heart-healthy measures in your life. From choosing lower-sodium foods to exercising regularly, there's lots of little things you can do to help make big changes towards being heart-healthy. They are:
- Eat healthy
- Get active
- Stay at a healthy weight
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
Making small changes can begin to reduce your risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as diabetes. Stay on top of your health by keeping regular appointments with your healthcare provider, and learn the signs, symptoms, and risks associated with high blood pressure.
If you or your organization participated by wearing red, join in the social media conversations by adding the hashtag #WearRedDay and #MiddlesexCountyWearsRed.
Be sure to follow @MiddlesexCntyNJ on Twitter and Instagram for heart-healthy tips all month long, and to see how Middlesex County shows support for the fight against heart disease.
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