It’s American Heart Month!

Published: February 3, 2020

It’s American Heart Month!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Locally, about 30% of adults are affected by heart disease. In Yakima…

          •  40% of adults suffer from high cholesterol.
          •  29% of adults suffer from high blood pressure.
          •  32% of adults are obese.
          •  72% of adults live with a chronic disease.

This month marks the 56th consecutive American Heart Month, and while medicine and science have advanced in ways we never expected, so have unhealthy habits—between the rise of sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits nation-wide, heart disease kills more Americans than all forms of cancer combined. And while 82% of Americans believe heart attacks can be prevented, 58% of Americans don’t make any effort to improve their heart health.

It’s time to change that.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has provided a 28 Days Towards a Healthy Heart (click here to download!) calendar, which offers simple ways to incorporate heart health into every day of the month (almost… happy leap year!). Print this calendar to help build healthier habits that last longer than this year’s February—hopefully, an entire lifetime! And don’t forget to wear red on February 7th to raise awareness for heart disease in women!

Data sourced from the Washington State Department of Health.