February is American Heart Month

Yes, we are halfway through February, but I thought it should be mentioned that February is American Heart Month!

American Heart Month is a time to battle cardiovascular disease and educate Americans on what we can do to live heart-healthy lives. Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women.

You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are:
• A woman age 55 or older
• A man age 45 or older
• Or a person with a family history of early heart disease

Heart disease can be prevented. To keep your heart healthy:
• Watch your weight.
• Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
• Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
• If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
• Get active and eat healthy.
• Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55.
• Manage stress.

I was looking online at some great resources (just search American Heart Month) and found Bee Well for Life. If you sign up with them, and log all your Walking/Running/Biking miles, they will donate 10-15 cents per mile logged to one of three charities: National Breast Cancer Organization, American Diabetes Association and National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. You can log all your activity and meals, but only walking, running or biking miles will count for a donation.

Check it out! What a way to make your miles really count! What do you think? Have you looked at the site? Did you sign up? Do you have any other tips or ideas to share? Have you had your heart checked out lately??

Bee Healthy! 🙂


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