February is National Heart Health Month

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 09:51 AM.

February is known as National Heart Health Month in America.  As I see Valentine’s Day heart-shaped gifts and candies for sale in the stores it makes me wonder why in America we focus on giving our loved ones sugary treats to express our love when the topic of heart disease is so prevalent everywhere we look.  Health organizations have researched heart disease for many years; and although genetics may be an important factor, our daily lifestyles and choices affect our heart health in a major way.


Most of us have a variety of habits, some good and some bad.  We know the basic rules of good health, but as our stressful days of having a job, taking care of a family, and paying bills winds down many of us push the idea of exercising or enjoying a healthy meal or snack to the bottom of our to do list. Since we are half way through National Heart Health Month, let’s try to remember to incorporate these heart disease prevention habits into our daily lives.  If you have children in your home this is a wonderful time to teach them good habits through encouraging healthy food choices and daily activity, and most of all by showing them through being a good role model by improving or maintaining your health. 


As you ponder over the many gift choices this Valentine season try to show your family how much you truly care by encouraging and modeling healthy lifestyle choices.  This will keep your family active (and maybe you will even spend more quality time together), reduce stress on the heart, body, and mind, and of course increase good habits for all of you.


Now that we understand the importance of habits in our daily lives, what are the good habits we need to focus on to maintain our heart health?

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