Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County Encourages Heart-Healthy Lifestyle for American Heart Month
February 13, 2019
February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a federally designated month that is a great way to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and commit to a healthy lifestyle. By making lifestyle changes and eliminating their risk factors, Floridians can help fight one of the deadliest diseases in the state and the nation among both men and women—heart disease.
National trends show heart disease death rates are declining more slowly than they have in the past, especially among adults ages 35 to 64. In many communities across the U.S., death rates are increasing among adults in this age group. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, tobacco use
As a part of our Healthy Weight Florida Initiative, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough will be working to educate the public on the importance of annual health screenings and a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
The Million Hearts Initiative was established to align cardiovascular disease prevention efforts across the county to prevent a million cardiovascular events in five years. The Million Hearts Initiative also provides tools, data
DOH-Hillsborough reminds residents of the five steps they can take to improve their heart health:
- Quit Smoking: Cigarette smoking or using tobacco greatly increases your risk for heart disease;
- Increase your physical activity: Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels;
- Control your blood pressure: High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so you need to make sure to have it checked on a regular basis;
- Know your cholesterol: Your health care provider should test your blood levels of cholesterol at least once every five years; and
heart healthyfoods: Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods.
Contribute to the prevention of heart attacks and strokes throughout Florida. Visit our heart site to learn more about other resources that can be used to prevent heart disease.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.