SEPTEMBER: Awareness for Childhood Obesity, HBP, A-Fib, Hispanic Heritage, World Heart Day

September 01, 2017

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month

This month we encourage you to celebrate your heritage and share Chisme Saludable. From September 15 through October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is observed across America. EmPOWERED To Serve / Vida Saludable has resources and tools to use so you can take action to improve cardiovascular health for yourself, your familia, your amigos and your community. Browse through the resources to find videos, shareable social media content, an interactive quiz, printable resources and more.

***Take this interactive quiz to test your knowledge and improve your awareness of prevention and treatment options.

¡Viva un estilo de vida saludable!

Childhood obesity awareness month

Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren't seen until adulthood. These include: High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. Excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood. 

As a parent, you want the best for your child. Every parent does. And we can help.

Watch the video below, and rethink your kid's drink.


National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month: Do you know what AFib is? Know your risk, the symptoms, treatment and prevention!



National Rehabilitation Awareness Week (Sep. 17-23)

Nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year, of which two-thirds survive and require rehabilitation!

Rehab is life! Increasing evidence shows that rehabilitation can substantially help people achieve the best possible quality of life. In fact, the sooner one begins stroke rehabilitation, the more likely they are to regain lost abilities and skills.

Efforts to eradicate disability are becoming more prevalent through the release of the first-ever stroke guidelines in 2016 and the development of new stroke rehabilitation resources for healthcare providers, family caregivers and stroke survivors. 

Did you know?

  • About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke.
  • About 790,000 people in the US have heart attacks each year, about 580,000 are new/first attacks and 210,000 are recurrent attacks.
  • Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Approximately 610,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.
  • About 94.6 million, or 39.7 percent, of American adults have total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or higher.
  • About 85.7 million, or 34 percent, of American adults have high blood pressure.

American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2017 Scientific Sessions

This is a three-day scientific program with more than 500 presentations focusing on recent advances in hypertension research.  Follow the news daily 14–17, 2017 from San Francisco, CA via @HeartNews.

Other Important Dates in September:

9/1 - 10/31  Advanced Media Registration & Housing for Scientific Sessions 2017
Open through 5pm CT on October 31, 2017  

9/1-9/30 – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

9/4 – Labor Day in the United States

9/11 – Grandparents Day

9/15-10/15 – National Hispanic Heritage Month

9/14-9/17 – AHA's Council on Hypertension 2017 Scientific Sessions

9/22 – First day of Fall

9/29World Heart Day


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