American Heart Month is almost here, and this February the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is encouraging people across the country to reduce their risk for heart disease. A healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity, smart eating, maintaining a good weight, and not smoking, can substantially lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
This year’s theme — “Our hearts are healthier together”— encourages Americans to join with others to make lifestyle changes that are heart-healthy and long-lasting. Research has shown that having strong social support can make it easier to stay motivated and reach your fitness and nutrition goals.
During American Heart Month, NHLBI is encouraging everyone to use #OurHearts on social media to share what you and your friends, family, and coworkers are doing to get heart healthy together. Visit #OurHearts [www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ourhearts] to be inspired by the activities of others around the country. You can also join the #OurHearts movement at NIH by participating in heart-healthy events throughout the month, right here on campus. Bring your coworkers and come have fun!
- Friday, February 1st – National Wear Red Day® features heart-healthy, “red” menus at campus cafés.
- Friday, February 1st – 12pm – 1pm – Our Hearts Dance Together in the Clinical Center Atrium.
- Thursday, February14th – 11:30am and 12:30pm – Our Hearts Cook Together Demo showcases NHLBI’s heart-healthy recipes in the Clinical Center Atrium. Free tastings included.
Throughout February, bring a friend for a free NIH Campus fitness class or Café Wellness Tour. Visit Wellness@NIH to find one that fits your schedule.