Nutrition Matters – February 2019

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February is National American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. The good news is heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Try to make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart-healthy lives. If you are wondering how American Heart Month can make a difference, first we can start by using this month to raise awareness about heart disease along with how people can prevent it, both at home and in the community.

Here are a few ideas: Encourage families to make small changes like using spices to season their food instead of salt. Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early. Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.

How can I help spread the word: Take action: Be the cure! Join the American Heart Association’s national movement to support healthier communities and healthier lives.

For additional foods, health and nutrition information contact Shelina Bonner, Family and Consumer Science Agent, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Greene County Center at (252) 747-5831.