I am not going to lie. Greg scared me a bit last night. He indulged in a dinner meant to be shared among three friends. Coming from a family with a history of heart disease, I wasn’t thrilled and let him know he is gross. Between that and it being American Heart Month, I thought blogging about heart was a great idea tonight.
Did you know? February is American Heart Month. I don’t want to be a statistic – and I want the people around me to be here, too. Because of that, I wanted to share five ways you can have a heart during the month of February – and it’s not just about raising money. Awareness is a big way you can support this cause.
1. Recommit to Better Health. President Obama asked Americans to do this when he proclaimed February 2014 as not only Heart Month, but the 50th anniversary of this month-long awareness. The President (and I) encourage you to “take ownership of our heart health and commit to positive lifestyles, this month and throughout the year”. Okay – I know. It’s not easy. But the first step, getting out of your seat and taking a quick walk from room to room is a start. If you think the last two years of my journey have been easy, you’re wrong. But I put my mind to it, and decided to be here for my kids.
2. Save a Life. Do you know how to do CPR? Personally, I think every adult should know how to do it. While I may freeze up under pressure of seeing someone sick, I do know CPR (am CPR/AED Certified) and would use it. You never know when you might need to save someone’s life, so being trained is a great first step.
Bonus points – know the warning signs of a Heart Attack or Stroke. I hate to admit, but I had to look these up for myself on Christmas Day. That’s scary stuff, people.
Double bonus points – be sure your kids know how to call 911 for help. Practice it with a play phone!
3. Advocate. Or at least keep informed. Maybe writing to politicians is not your thing, but being educated about the decisions being made for our hearts is kinda a big deal. “Like” the “You’re the Cure” Facebook page today.
4. Wear Red on Friday, February 7. It’s National Wear Red Day. You don’t need any special merchandise, just something red. I just learned from the Go Red for Women site that Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined – that’s a tough statistic to hear. Get the conversation going about why you chose to wear red.
5. Share the cause. Maybe you’ll ask a friend to work out with you or you’ll send someone to check out the Heart website. Maybe you’ll share this site, or perhaps you’ll talk to your dad about how you don’t want him to pass away while your kids are still young. Maybe you’ll put up a status or tweet honoring or remembering someone in your life who fought heart disease. Awareness is crucial, and even the smallest tidbits have a big impact. Anything helps!
Information in this post was found just by checking out the American Heart Association’s webpage. You can do the same and learn more tips by visiting http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/. This post is out of my own HEART to help spread awareness. <3