JANUARY Focus: Advocacy, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating

January 01, 2019

 

An estimated 7.3 million Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are currently uninsured. As a result, they are far less likely to receive appropriate and timely medical care and often suffer worse medical outcomes, including higher mortality rates. Ensuring Americans have access to health care should be a top priority, but we’re still facing threats to the Affordable Care Act and its protections for pre-existing conditions.
How can you contribute?

  • Tell Congress to protect Americans’ access to health care.
  • Add your voice: 21 million Americans could lose their health insurance coverage by 2020 if the Affordable Care Act is overturned. Tell Congress to protect Americans’ access to health care.

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Resolve to eat healthier and exercise more in 2019!

Many of us are probably still stuffed from all the holiday eating we did, but 2019 is officially in full swing, let’s start the New Year off right!

Holiday treats are usually full of added sugar and sodium that can be harmful to your health if you aren’t mindful of your consumption.

Here are some tips for eating healthy that can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and lots of other things you’d rather avoid. 

Get moving!

Do you know the price of inactivity? Exercise is critically important when it comes to health. Even just walking! Walking is one of the simplest ways to get active and stay active. With each step you take, you travel further down the path to a healthier lifestyle. Research has shown that walking can have a significant impact on your health by lowering your chances of heart disease.

Hear more about the most recent physical activity guidelines from Eduardo Sanchez who serves as Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation for the American Heart Association.


Cold weather can make it easy to become a couch potato preventing us from getting outside and getting active. Check out these tips on How to Stay Active in Cold Weather.

Make exercise easy in cooler weather with these workout tips and tricks.

And... don’t forget to drink water when exercising in cooler weather. Thirst isn’t the best indicator that you need to drink, and just because you aren't sweating as much doesn't mean you don't need to still hydrate. 

 

Important dates in January

1/1 New Year’s Day

1/21 Martin Luther King Day

1/22 - 1/27 Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

1/1 – 1/ 31 Cervical Health Awareness Month

1/1 - 1/ 31 National Blood Donor Month

1/1 – 1/31 National Birth Defects Prevention Month

REGISTER TODAY until January 18, 2019 for the International Stroke Conference, Feb. 6-8, 2019, in Honolulu.

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