Happy first day of February,
In celebration of a new month and hopefully warmer days ahead, my blog will focus on February being American Heart Month. American Heart Month is relevant to the Wellness Initiative in more ways than one. My past blogs have discussed healthy eating, employee wellness, and physical activity, which ultimately impacts the health of your heart! Part of our duty as recreation and park employees is to continue to provide information to our community regarding topics that enable them to live healthy lifestyles.
According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is one of the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Heart disease can be caused by a stroke, stress, unhealthy eating habits and high blood pressure. However, heart disease can be prevented when people start making conscious decisions to manage their health conditions. Throughout the month of February, we can help our communities, departments and families to learn how to fight heart disease.
Here are some simple ideas to get started:
- Social media can be a strong source to advocate healthy recipes and exercise tips. Provide health information to your community by using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Additionally, send a tweet about American Heart Month, and follow American Heart Association on Twitter to receive daily news and updates: https://twitter.com/American_Heart
- Motivate your department to make physical activity a part of their work day. Introduce ideas such as a morning yoga sessions, walking during a break, or a run group after work. The objective is to create a common goal with your peers and coworkers!
- Reach out to local health professionals to create opportunities to inform your community on ways to prevent heart disease. You can even host a community health fair where families learn more about healthy eating and physical activity.
- Remember, half the battle is getting the right information out to the community! I challenge all of you to take the lead and raise awareness for American Heart Month in support of healthier communities and healthier lives. For more information please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/
If you have any ideas for promoting American Heart Month within your community and department, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)