A Special Note from the Nurse
February is Heart Health
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, (NIH), the month is February is used to celebrate Heart Health Month. This month is used to get Americans to focus on one of the most important organs in our body, the heart. Heart Health Month is celebrated by getting as many people as possible to make lifestyle changes that will prevent heart disease and heart health problems. COVID-19 illness has added an increased risk factor for people who already have severe heart health issues and other co-morbidities. People with heart health issues who contract COVID-19 can be more severely affected. (NIH.gov)
Evidenced based research proves that we are more likely to be successful in reaching our personal goals when we are willing to work with others in developing our health care strategies. Developing healthy goals as part of a group allows teams to set personal goals and group goals simultaneously. Many people desire to have and keep a healthy heart, and to be an example to those around them. Working with others is only one of the ways that people can come together to help take care of their heart health. The primary goal of Heart Health Month is for people to get inspired and motivated independently or within a group setting to create a regular heart healthy routine.
According to NIH.gov goal setters can use resources to Start Planning and Get Involved! Download this American Heart Month Planning Checklist for practical steps for planning your outreach efforts and activities, to run from December 2020 through February 2021. Share post from The Heart Truth Facebookexternal link and Twitterexternal link accounts or create your own using these social media resources and don’t forget to use #OurHearts and tag us in your posts! Find additional resources such as fact sheets, animated GIFs, drop-in articles, National Wear Red Day® (Feb. 5, 2021) resources and more in our American Heart Month outreach toolkit.
Additional support can be tailored to a daily or weekly routine. Help support our day-of-the week themes this year with this 7 Days of Self-Care guide: (NIH.gov)