February 2014 > Heart Health Month
February is Heart Health Month
Your heart is about the size of your fist, but it does an amazing amount of work. Over the course of your life, your heart will beat approximately 2.2 billion times.
Keeping your heart healthy and fit is an important part of your overall health. Eating well, exercising, and not using tobacco are all important. Here are a few additional suggestions:
- Find time for simple, relaxing tasks. Engaging activities like jigsaw puzzles, knitting, painting, or sewing help relieve stress. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information has linked stress to an increased risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Putting your hands and your mind to work can help relieve some of the stresses from work or home life.
- Keep moving. Sitting can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. If you sit at a desk most of the day, schedule quick walking breaks or walk over to someone’s office instead of calling or emailing. At home, stand and stretch during TV commercial breaks or between shows.
- Know your numbers. Keeping your blood pressure, glucose (blood sugar), cholesterol, and triglycerides within the optimal range are important for good heart health. A routine physical exam (like the one you receive for your gift card reward) where your health care provider checks and discusses these numbers with you can help keep you on track. If you aren't sure what to ask your health care provider, this list of top questions from the Living Well website may be helpful.
- Complete the Living Well Health Platform’s Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Workshop. This six-week workshop is designed to help you understand and take action to prevent or delay on the onset of heart disease. Log into the platform at https://livingwell.provantonline.com and go to Wellness Workshops under the Wellness heading to enroll.
If you have any questions about the platform, please contact Provant at (888) 703-2296 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UT System's "Living Well: Make it a Priority" Worksite Health & Wellness program provides a wealth of resources dedicated to your better health. Find additional helpful information at: www.livingwell.utsystem.edu.