2012 Heart Health Stamp Highlights the Need for Prevention

American Heart Association Praises U.S. Postal Service for New Forever Stamp

February 09, 2012 Categories: Advocacy News , Heart News
Washington, D.C., Feb. 9, 2012 American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement on today’s dedication of the ©U.S. Postal Service 2012 Social Awareness Heart Health Forever Stamp:
 “The American Heart Association extends its thanks and appreciation to the United States Postal Service for issuing this exciting new Heart Health stamp, particularly during American Heart Month.  The distribution and use of this Forever stamp will help us to increase awareness among Americans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the fight against heart disease.
Prevention is the key to conquering the nation’s number one killer. By promoting behaviors such as eating healthy, exercising, not smoking, managing stress, and getting enough sleep and regular checkups, the Heart Health stamp will inform the public about some of the steps they can take to achieve better health. Some of these behavioral changes are included in what we call “Life’s Simple 7.”  They help all Americans lower their chances of a heart disease and stroke.
Less than 1 percent of the U.S. public meets the American Heart Association’s criteria for ideal heart health, and our nation must find more ways to reverse this alarming trend.  The American Heart Association’s goal by 2020 is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. We are also a proud and committed partner in “Million Hearts,” a unique public-private initiative that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years.  
The new Heart Health Forever Stamp perfectly complements the association’s 2020 goal and Million Hearts by reminding Americans every time they mail correspondence that making simple lifestyle changes can help build a healthier life free of heart disease.”

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