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Hartselle Enquirer

Get heart healthy in American Heart Month 

By Katie Nichols 

For the Enquirer  

Shine a light on cardiovascular health during February, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes American Heart Month. 

The American Heart Association lists heart disease as the leading cause of death in men and women. Shonda Miller, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System human sciences regional agent, said a healthy heart is important for overall well-being. 

“At any age, adopting a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid heart disease and reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke,” Miller said. “It’s never too late or too early to start caring for your heart. The sooner you start living a healthy lifestyle, the longer you can benefit.” 

Miller said even if an individual has already had serious heart health problems, changing habits to promote good health can make a difference. 

The Alabama Extension human sciences team recognizes the importance of heart healthy education. Many individuals are not aware of the risks associated with heart disease, the signs to look for or the physical ways to combat the disease. The team has covered seven topics on Alabama Extension’s website: 

  • Simple steps to healthy living 
  • Eating better 
  • Getting active 
  • Quitting smoking 
  • Weight loss 
  • Blood pressure 
  • Blood sugar 
  • Cholesterol management 

Elaine Softley, who is also an Extension human sciences regional agent, said American Heart Month provides the perfect opportunity for the team to share information and raise awareness. 

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States,” Softley said. “We wanted to take this opportunity to provide reading materials on many of the aspects related to cardiovascular health.” 

Visit the Alabama Extension website at www.aces.edu for more information about American Heart Month. Interested parties can also find information about other health-related topics, including breastfeeding, diabetes, stress management, nutrition and much more. 

 

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