American Heart Month
February 25, 2020
February is American Heart Month, making it a good time to raise awareness about heart health and to urge others to adopt healthier habits. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. That’s why health organizations are working harder than ever before to educate people about the importance of heart health. How can you prevent heart disease? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Here are a few things you can do to improve your heart health:
Remaining active is a great way to prevent heart disease. You can start walking at least 2-3 times per week. This is a good activity to get others to join as well. Exercise can get the heart pumping which over time can help lower blood pressure and weight. It might seem like a small thing to add to your routine, but in the long run, it can make a huge difference.
Eat Heart-Healthy Foods
Now is the time to start incorporating more heart-healthy foods into your diet. These foods contain the nutrients your body needs to help your heart. Diet plays a major role in heart disease prevention. So, what foods are considered heart-healthy?
● Leafy green veggies (Ex. kale, collard greens, spinach, etc.)
● Whole grains like oats, rye, brown rice, etc.
● Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
● Fatty fish and fish oil (Ex. salmon, sardines, tuna, etc.)
● Dark chocolate
Take Advantage of Preventive Care Services You can take advantage of your SmartHealth benefits by scheduling an annual exam or preventive screenings. They can detect heart issues before it turns into heart disease. These services are covered at no cost to you and your covered dependents when you receive your medical care from an Ascension Network or National Network provider (physician or facility). If you use out-of-network providers, you'll pay 50% of the cost after you meet the deductible.
We can work together to spread the word about heart disease. You can make a difference in your community by sharing this article with others and encouraging them to live heart-healthy lives.