As we look ahead to February, it’s time to start thinking about American Heart Health Month. Every year since 1963, the nation has shared a collective goal of raising awareness and educating people about heart health. Here are some tips on how you can make a difference this February:
Educate Yourself and Others on Heart Health
The first step in making a difference during American Heart Health Month is educating yourself on current heart health information. Start by visiting the American Heart Association website to find tools, articles, and programs that provide detailed insight into preventing illness and managing existing conditions related to cardiovascular health. Once you’ve gained an understanding of what’s going on in the field of cardiology share your knowledge with friends and family so they too can be informed.
Choose Healthy Eating Habits
You don’t have to give up all your favorite snacks in order to avoid unhealthy eating habits. Reduce fried foods and limit portions to reduce high cholesterol, saturated fats, and sodium inclusions in processed foods like chips and candy bars. Make sure to stick with nutritious options such as lean proteins, fruits & vegetables, and whole grains at least 6 times per week for optimal heart health results throughout the month.
Start an Exercise Program or Choose an Activity That Involves Movement
Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. You don’t have to break out the running shoes if that doesn’t fit into your lifestyle—just find something that works with your routine and stick with it. Walking laps around a park, bike riding with friends, or exploring different areas of town all work great as active alternatives without breaking too much of a sweat!
Participate in Virtual Events
Since 2020 was such an unusual year for everyone, many traditional events had to move online as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. The same holds true for celebratory activities surrounding American Heart Health month; virtual events are a great way to get involved without leaving your home’s comfort or safety. Many educational institutes host webinars or virtual roundtable discussions; use those resources to meet experts working in the field and discuss potential ways that individuals can take part in improving heart health within their communities.
Organize A Fundraising Drive
Fundraisers not only provide people a direct avenue for impacting change but also open up dialogue towards increased public education efforts–which is essential when it comes to raising awareness of any condition or illness, including cardiac-related diseases. Consider organizing a small fundraising event in your local community; use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook campaigns to raise funds through donations or volunteering opportunities at various health centers throughout the area.
Volunteer Time at Cardiovascular Centers
If you’re short on funds but still want to get involved locally, then volunteerism could be just what you’re looking for! Look into hospitals near you that have cardiac centers, then call them and see if they need volunteers during American Heart Heath Month–many hospices have specialized programs designed around providing support (such as reading stories or playing games) for children awaiting surgery or treatment after successfully being diagnosed with a chronic disease like heart disease. Consider taking some time off from work this February so that you can lend your talents directly where it’s needed most!