February is American Heart Month—28 (or 29) days of shining a light on heart health. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, physical activity reduces the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Nearly half of all American adults have some type of cardiovascular disease, and it is the leading cause of death in the United States. Adults who are regularly active have lower rates of heart disease and stroke, lower blood pressure, better blood lipid profiles, and better physical fitness.
Being more active is one of Life’s Essential 8— the eight key measures for improving and maintaining cardiovascular health as defined by the American Heart Association. The remaining seven measures are eating better, quitting tobacco, getting healthy sleep, managing weight, controlling cholesterol, managing blood sugar, and managing blood pressure.
Registered exercise professionals have a key role to play in helping people pursue a heart-healthy lifestyle. Specifically, they can help their clients set realistic goals to be more active, form regular activity habits, and add intensity to an exercise program for additional heart health benefits.
During Cholesterol Education Month, we recognize how exercise professionals can raise awareness to help manage cholesterol.
Falls Prevention Awareness Week is a national health campaign observed each year on the first day of fall to raise awareness around preventing falls.