This February, Wear your Heart on your Sleeve for a Great Cause
Jan 30th, 2017 - February usually calls to mind the color red, hearts and roses, chocolates, and Hallmark cards. And while February should absolutely remind you of hearts and the color red, it shouldn’t be because of Valentine’s Day, but more importantly, because February is American Heart Month.
Heart Disease is America’s silent killer, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, with a higher mortality rate than cancer. However, as serious as heart disease is, it doesn’t generate the same amount of awareness within the public, as other life threatening illnesses. This February, join in the fight against heart disease through the following steps:
- Start with Yourself Your first step in battling heart disease is by consulting your doctor, and doing everything in your power to make sure you decrease your risk of suffering from heart disease.
- Commit to a Healthy Lifestyle While exercise and healthy eating may seem evil, if you’re not accustomed to them, they are a necessary evil. Start incorporating light cardio and more fruits and vegetables into your routine, while decreasing the amounts of sugary, fatty foods in your diet.
- Educate Others Organize a heart healthy breakfast to educate others on the dangers and risk factors of heart disease, and how to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Corporate Caterers’ Smart and Healthy Breakfast is a great example of a wholesome and delicious breakfast that people can indulge in, while still remaining cognizant of their health.
- Wear Red National Wear Red Day is on Friday, February 3rd. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the fact that heart disease and stroke causes 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. On February 3rd, proudly wear red for the women in your life, and spread awareness about heart disease to anyone that is willing to listen!
- Donate A small donation can go a long way. Donate whatever you can to the American Heart Association, to raise money for heart disease research and prevention. You can even create and host your own fundraiser!
Source: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The American Heart Association