ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — In support of Go Red for Women and National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association is encouraging people to wear red on Feb. 2, to bring awareness about efforts to eradicate heart disease in women. This is the leading threat to women’s health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one person dies every 33 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
Carilion Community Health and Outreach says the disease is the leading cause of death for women and men no matter their racial and ethnic group, but there are ways to prevent it.
“Eating healthily and managing your stress is really important,” says Abby Ferguson, Nursing Supervisor at Carlion Community Health Outreach. “They all work together to keep us and our hearts healthy overall.”
However, heart health awareness goes beyond just one day. February is also American Health Month, used to highlight a national initiative to build heart health awareness.
Ferguson shares that being physically active, maintaining a healthy diet low in sodium but high in fresh produce and whole grains, and managing our stress is important, and our mental health should not be ignored.
“It is important to practice mindfulness, take a break, listen to your body; if you are feeling that stress, take a moment, go for a walk, take a deep breath, and focus on you for a minute,” says Ferguson.
Health experts say knowing your overall health numbers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, is important. They add taking your blood pressure regularly can keep you on track.
The Community Outreach will be hosting several free health screening events throughout the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Along with the health screening, staff are also hosting workshops to discuss how what you eat can impact your brain and mental health.