February is Heart Health Month

Heart Health awareness in the workplace

Here are some ideas to initiate heart health awareness in the workplace

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, keeping blood pumping through your veins and assisting other organs in their functions. However, your heart is vulnerable to many risks if not taken care of properly. Cardiac arrest, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and high cholesterol can happen if you don’t take care of your body. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Replacing poor dietary habits with healthier ones, like eating fruits and vegetables and exercising, can help combat these conditions.

Heart attacks are another deadly complication you can face, so it’s critical you know the signs. If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these signs, please call 911 immediately:

  Chest discomfort

  Discomfort in other areas of your upper body (including the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach)

  Shortness of breath

  Lightheadedness, nausea or a cold sweatFor more information on heart health and conditions, visit www.heart.org.

Take ActionAwareness only goes so far toward improving your health—you also need to take action. Use this section to track your weekly progress as you establish your healthier lifestyle.

Week 1 (2/3-2/9) – Create a wellness plan
What do you want to improve this month? Set a short-term health goal and a plan for achieving it.

Week 2 (2/10-2/16) – Get started
Are you ready? Begin your plan and stick to it.

Week 3 (2/17-2/23) – Look for improvement
How are you doing? Think about what’s working with your plan and if you need to adjust it.

Week 4 (2/24-3/2) – Reflect
Did you reach your goal? Consider what worked with the plan and what should change next month.