You might have seen many Associates wearing red clothing around Saint Alphonsus Health System this month. We choose to have a little fun to remind our communities, and ourselves, of a serious issue.
You see, heart disease is a problem affecting our friends, family and community members. In fact, it is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than half a million lives each year.
This is why we take the time during February—Heart Month—to learn how to keep our hearts healthy and reduce our risk of heart disease.
Step 1: Consider the Factors:
We see good and bad news here: The bad news is that there are many factors that can contribute to heart disease. The good news is that simply reducing or removing these factors from your life can help reduce the risks and develop a healthy heart.
Here’s just a few of the things that can contribute to heart disease:
- Genetic & hereditary factors
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol abuse
Step 2: Talk to your Doctor:
The first step should be encouraging family members, friends, and even yourself to talk to a physician about looking at your heart, and considering heart care. He or she will be able to monitor your blood pressure, test your cholesterol levels and talk about lifestyle elements that can be improved to prevent heart disease.
Step 3: Maintaining your Health:
For those with heart disease, please be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions. Work on eating a healthy diet with fresh veggies and fruits and exercising for at least 30 minutes each day.
Or join us for some fun. Every week many of us from Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Boise gather for Meet Me Monday, a no-pressure form of fun activity. Our goal: be active, meet new friends, and join a community effort to stay healthy. I hope you’ll join us.