National Heart Health Month

— Written By and last updated by Nancie Mandeville

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Many of you may already know that February is recognized as National Heart Health Month. It is important to raise awareness around heart health due to the abundance of unhealthy hearts in America. In fact, heart disease is the number 1 killer of men and women in the US, given that over 600,000 are dying as a result of this disease each year! According to the Centers for Disease Control, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key heart disease risk factors….and about half of Americans have at least one of these three risk factors.

The good news…it is also one of the most preventable diseases. It is vital that we all take steps starting RIGHT NOW to take control of our heart health. During each of week of February, the Union County Family & Consumer Sciences Program will highlight various ways you can improve your heart health to also reduce your chances of getting heart disease. For more information about nutrition and wellness programming please contact FCS Agent, Hayley Napier at 704-283-3830 or hayley_napier@ncsu.edu.