Here are some heart-healthy events coming up.
September is Cholesterol Awareness Month
Now is the time to sit down and think about cholesterol – your cholesterol. Furthermore, you should do something about it. More than 65 million Americans have high blood cholesterol levels. Are you one of them? Cholesterol Awareness Month is a good time to
- get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high.
- learn about lipid profiles and about food and lifestyle choices that help you reach personal cholesterol goals.
- avail of the National Cholesterol Education Program of the National Heart and Lung Blood Institute.
Go healthy month is a youth-powered initiative where more 1 million strong children and young share tips and ideas on how to stay fit and healthy.
Here are some tips:
- Ride my bike to school
- Be quick to pass up junk food
- Play duck duck goose
- Play ultimate Frisbee
- Play outside
- Eat breakfast everyday
- Play active games
- Get enough sleep
- Why not add your own?
The Go Red TV special premiered last week and was featured on NBC’s Today Show. Why not organize a Go Red Watch party this weekend? Include family members and friends. Wear red and be sure to serve only healthy food! You download free discussion guides, talking point ideas and tip from the American Heart Association (AHA) site.
September is also the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. PAD is the most common type of peripheral artery disease and can affect the veins and arteries. It is also one of the most undiagnosed vascular disorder. People with PAD have a higher risk for stroke and heart attack. Risk factors for PAD are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking.
According to AHA:
Alos check out the online health chat on PAD with Cleveland Clinic expert Dr. Heather Gornik:
Peripheral Arterial Disease, Tuesday, September 22 – 12 noon.
September 21 to 27 America on the Move Week
This is an event to inspire Americans to incorporate healthy activities into their daily routines. America On the Move Week with the YMCA is part of Activate America® — the YMCA’s response to the nation’s growing health crisis. Through Activate America, the YMCA is redefining itself and engaging communities across the country to provide better opportunities for people of all ages in their pursuit of health and well-being in spirit, mind and body. During this weeklong-long event, YMCA’s all over the US will engage local communities in health-promoting activities for families, groups, or individuals. Check out your local YMCA for schedule of activities now.