What is American Heart Month? The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Educate yourself on the dangers of heart disease and follow some simple tips to keep your heart healthy! This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts® are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it's high, to make control their goal.
Why the observance? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
How can I be involved? Make blood pressure control your goal! First, it’s important to talk to your doctor and ask what your blood pressure should be. Together, discuss a healthy goal to lower your blood pressure. Second, if you take blood pressure medicine make sure that you are taking it timely and as directed. People who currently smoke should strive to quit and if you don’t smoke avoid starting. Another way to lower your blood pressure is to reduce your sodium intake.
To learn more about American Heart Month, check out the following resources:
Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Resource (Million Hearts)
Need help with coming up with some healthy and tasty meals? Visit Million Hearts Recipe collection for meals and cooking tips on how to make heart-healthy friendly meals.
Million Hearts (Million Hearts)
Learn more about how you can help take better care of your heart and prevent diseases and other risks.
American Heart Month (HealthFinder.gov)
Want to help spread the word about American Heart Month? Help raise awareness by looking at this toolkit to help you get talking about healthy hearts!
Recipe Collection (Pfizer Plus)
Eating well is one of the key ways to stay healthy and reduce the risk of disease. On this page you’ll find delicious — and nutritious — recipes that you can sample in your own kitchen and share with your family. The recipes, submitted by Pfizer colleagues, are part of the Healthy Pfizer Colleague Recipe Collection. Each month we’ll add new recipes, so visit this page often — and enjoy.