Many people associate February with Valentine’s Day, but there’s a more serious and pressing cause also recognized in the second month of the year: Heart health. Since a 1964 declaration by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the month of February has been devoted to raising awareness about heart disease and helping people improve the strength and health of their most important organs.
What You Need to Know About Heart Month 2017
In the United States, 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. Over 600,000 Americans pass away from the ailment every year, making it the leading cause of death for males and females. While all ethnicities and races are at risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) says that African-Americans are particularly at risk, in part due to the prevalence of high-blood pressure. Over 40% of non-Hispanic African-American men and women have high blood pressure.
If you’re looking to improve your heart health and lower your risk of heart disease, follow these tips:
- Exercise for 30 minutes a day, even if it’s just walking or riding a bicycle
- Talk to your doctor about your blood pressure and heart health
- If you’re overweight, work on improving your diet and lifestyle to reach a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
Showing your support for heart month 2017 in D.C.
If you’ll be in or around the District this February, there are some great ways you can contribute to the raising of money and awareness for heart health. On Saturday, February 25, the AHA’s Greater Washington Heart Ball will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in D.C. This black-tie event is designed to celebrate and recognize the work of the AHA and the region’s most prominent medical and community healthcare leaders.
This Saturday, February 11, the Tenth Street Baptist Church Health Ministry will be hosting a Matters of the Heart seminar to raise awareness on heart disease and encourage attendees to improve their health through lifestyle change. The free event will include cooking demonstrations, guest speakers, and a complimentary light lunch.
The American Inn of Bethesda is proud to do its part to support heart health in our local community.