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February kicks off American Heart month
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This February is American Heart month, and the Department of Public Health is encouraging community members to set health goals to maintain a healthier heart.

According to a release by the DPH, heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and there are several risk factors that contribute to heart disease. 

“Most middle-aged and young adults have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being a smoker or overweight,” the release said. “Having more than one risk factor increases your chances of developing heart disease.” 

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There are many ways to strengthen your heart health, the release said, including being more physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthier diet and managing stress. 

“Make heart health part of a self-care routine,” the release said. “Just 30 minutes a day is all you need to make your heart a priority. Heart disease is preventable and focusing on improving heart health is important.” 

In order to help community members improve their heart health, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has released a calendar, giving simple tasks to complete each day throughout the month of February that combined together can help strengthen participants’ hearts. 

“Don’t worry about making changes all at once, use the month of February to start with small steps to meet your heart health goals,” the release said. 

In support of American Heart month, the DPH encourages community members to wear red on Friday, Feb. 4. 

For more tips and information on how to improve your heart health, visit the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute American Heart month page at https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/education/american-heart-month or go to the DPH healthy living page at https://phdistrict2.org/?page_id=8053