Valentine’s Day, hearts, and roses are all associated with February and the color RED. However, there is another reason to think RED this month. Cardiovascular disease ranks as the leading cause of morbidity in the United States as one in every three deaths are caused by heart disease or stroke. That’s nearly 2,200 deaths per day in the U.S. Each February, in an effort to save hearts all over America, an annual campaign draws attention to heart disease awareness and prevention in the form of American Heart Health Month.
How can you celebrate American Hearth Health Month this February?
- Wear Red! Friday, February 5th is National Wear Red Day! In 2003, the Go Red for Women campaign began to raise awareness and provide education to women across the U.S. that heart disease is just as serious and deadly for females as for males. To make a donation or learn more about this campaign and National Wear Red Day go to goredforwomen.org.
- Be informed! Check out the CDC’s Heart Disease Web Site to learn if you or a loved one might be at risk.
- Take action! It’s never too early or too late; the American Heart Association provides Keys to Preventing Heart Disease at Any Age.
- Exercise your heart! After all, it’s a muscle too! However, since your heart pumps blood and not iron you exercise it a bit differently. Running, jogging, cycling, and swimming are all great cardiovascular training techniques. Since February is still quite chilly across the U.S., take your cardio training inside on a treadmill or an elliptical. Track your work and progress by wearing a heart rate monitor during your workouts. Use it to help you track your working and recovery heart rate ranges based on your age or rate of perceived exertion. Power Systems offers a variety of cardio equipment and heart rate monitors that can be perfect companions to your cardio routine.
- Eat Red! While red meat can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, according to the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine there are plenty of other red plant based foods that can keep your heart healthy.
Use these resources to keep your heart and the hearts of all your loved ones healthy for many more February’s to come.
We HEART you!
The Power Systems Team