Healthy living involves more than just exercise or eating healthy (though those are certainly important!). Find out your own individual risk of heart disease, and take steps to reduce your chances. By taking preventative measures you can improve your overall health and well-being and drastically lower your chance of heart attack or heart disease. Some of these measures include: getting your blood pressure and cholesterol checked; getting enough sleep; managing stress; speaking with your doctor about your risk.
It’s never easy to jumpstart a new habit or a major lifestyle change, but the NHLBI has found that social interactions can definitely make a difference as you begin your journey. In fact, not only are WE more successful at reaching our health goals when we have support, we are also setting a great example for those around us.
This February, join us and the NHLBI in making small changes to impact your health in a big way. Here are a few ideas they’ve put together to help you get started!
- Join the #ourhearts Movement and follow along on social media as the nation works together to support heart health.
- Wear Red on February 1 to raise awareness of heart health
- Commit to a walking schedule
- Try a new heart-healthy recipe each week
- Try a healthy cooking class
- Learn your blood pressure numbers
- Treat your heart to relaxation (yoga, massage, meditation)
- Create a weekly self-care checklist
We hope you’ll join us as we support the #ourhearts movement in February! For more information, please visit: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-healthy-living