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February is Heart Awareness Month

February is Heart Awareness Month

Now that Valentine’s Day is past us, and perhaps most of the treats have been digested, it’s time to take a moment for a serious heart to heart. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. “Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease , such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age. The good news is that individuals of all ages can reduce their risk for heart disease by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions through appropriate treatment plans.

With a record number of young adults living at home or in close contact with older relatives, they have a golden opportunity to encourage parents and other family members to make heart-healthy changes and offer support along the way.” Check out some of the great ideas here:

https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/news-media/events/heart-month.html