There are many National Health Observances—special days, weeks, or months used to raise awareness of important health topics. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, should know—they coordinate the official list of American National Health Observances by providing an annual calendar that includes all observances, along with sponsoring organization and contact information. In 2010, they want to do more—so they’ve created National Health Observance toolkits to help promote certain observances.
Help promote American Heart Month by spreading the word about the recently launched American Heart Month National Health Observance toolkit. The toolkit provides readers with easy, actionable ways to educate and engage the public in American Heart Month—and it’s free.
You still have time to take action to promote heart health.
- Host an American Heart Month event at local schools, health centers, libraries, etc. Work with local recreation and fitness centers to spread the word about the importance of physical activity to prevent heart disease.
- Contact your local Red Cross to host a CPR training event in your community. Urge local community members to learn CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator). These skills can help save the life of someone who has sudden cardiac arrest.
- Host a 20-minute group walk around your office at lunch time.
- Conduct a cooking demonstration using a heart-healthy recipe.
Heart disease can be prevented. To keep your heart healthy:
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy.
- Manage stress.
One of our main goals at Heartstrong is to help people make healthy well-informed decisions that will allow you to live a longer, healthier and hopefully wealthier life. We offer educational seminars to help you and your group get started improving your overall health. Most People Know What Healthy Habits Are, But Do Not Know How or Where To Start. Heartstrong presents health and wellness seminars on a wide variety of topics to corporations, community groups, professional groups and healthcare providers. Programs can be customized for your groups needs. Check out our books “Take Charge: A Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Heart” and “Take Charge: A Man’s Roadmap to a Healthy Heart” available at www.heart-strong.com