February is American Heart Month

Even during the current pandemic, heart disease and stroke combined are leading causes of death in Washington State and the nation.

We are joining the fight to raise awareness of how to reduce our risk of heart disease. While we are at home, it is now more important than ever to take care of ourselves by staying active and eating healthy. Tune in to our social media channels throughout February to learn more about steps we can all take to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease.

And if you need another reason to add red to your wardrobe this February, here is one more. February 5 is National Wear Red day! Make some room for maroon and wear red to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease.

For some great behaviors to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease, practice the Great 8:

  • Be Active
  • Eat Well
  • Practice Wellness
  • Check your blood pressure
  • Understand your blood sugar numbers
  • Know your cholesterol levels
  • Steer clear of smoking and vaping
  • Follow your doctor’s recommendations

For additional tips on things we can do each day in February, see 28 Days Towards a Healthy Heart. More resources can also be found at CDC, NIH, and the American Heart Association.