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February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

Thursday, 03 February 2011

You’ve heard the statistics: half of all line-of-duty firefighter fatalities each year are due to heart disease, and heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. And yet, many of the risk factors for heart attack are modifiable. February is American Heart Month, and it’s time to take control of your health. Make a pledge to take care of your heart and lower your risk of becoming a statistic.

Created in 1963, American Heart Month aims to renew the nation’s commitment to fighting heart disease and increase public awareness of how to prevent cardiovascular illness. Focus on your heart this month by utilizing the free resources, tools, and information available from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. To help you adopt and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle, the Program’s web site features healthy recipes, motivational success stories, facts about heart disease, and more. In addition, individuals and departments can take the Fired Up For Fitness Challenge to track your activity hours and receive motivational rewards for getting fit.
 
Making even small changes can help you lead a longer, healthier life. Eat a well-rounded, healthy diet; make a commitment to be more physically active; get cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose screenings regularly; and if you smoke, try to quit. Keep your heart strong for those who depend on you: your family, your friends, and your community.
 
The Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is the only national program dedicated to saving America’s firefighters and EMS personnel from heart disease. Learn more on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site.