February is ALL heart. Beyond the stand-by chocolates and flowers, Americans LOVE love. A creative, personal and inexpensive way to celebrate is to give your children a ‘heart attack’ by covering their door with heart shaped messages like ‘you are so smart’ and ‘I love how funny you are’. Sit down with your spouse and take the Five Love Languages quiz and use the results to make your Valentine’s plans.
Along with Valentine’s Day, February is also American Heart Month. Every year, heart disease kills 1 in 4 people. Heart disease is also known as coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease. Over time, one’s arteries can become blocked due to build up of “plaque” caused by smoking, high-blood pressure, and too much fat, cholesterol and sugar in the blood.
Armed with good information, people at risk for heart disease can improve their overall heart health by making lifestyle changes to their diet and exercise routines. There is as much as a 50 percent reduction for developing heart disease in those who exercise! For more information about heart disease and how to prevent it, go to https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/prevention.htm.