Live Heart Healthy All Year Long

Posted on Feb 23rd 2017 by Florida Blue

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Did you know President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February would be known as American Heart month back in 1964? We’ve come a long way, but heart disease and stroke are still leading causes of death in the U.S. for both men and women.

Now is a great time to learn how to keep your heart healthy so you can celebrate all of life’s special moments with your sweetheart and loved ones for many years to come. Get to know the signs of heart attacks and stroke and learn how to prevent them, all year long.

Healthy Choices Matter

You can’t control some risk factors for heart disease and stroke, like your age, race and gender, having a family history of certain diseases or having had a heart attack or stroke in the past. But, according to the American Heart Association, making healthy lifestyle choices and working with your doctor can help you lower these risks:

  • High blood pressure

  • Smoking

  • High blood cholesterol

  • Not exercising

  • Being overweight or obese

  • Diabetes 

Learn all that you can about your own risk factors so you can make a plan with your doctor for how to keep your heart strong and healthy. One step you can take to help get heart healthy is to attend a free program at your local Florida Blue Center.

Florida Blue heart  Our Members!

Florida Blue Centers host events where you can learn about healthy choices and managing high blood pressure. Check out our Better You Blood Pressure Program for free at a Florida Blue Center near you!

During the five-week program, you’ll learn how to:

  • monitor your heart health

  • choose foods that are good for your heart

  • identify and monitor stress in your life

  • manage high blood pressure

Click here to check the event schedule and reserve a seat.

Take the First Step Today

Want to know how heart healthy you are? The American Heart Association developed My Life Check - Life’s Simple 7 to help people learn their current heart health. After you complete a short survey, you’ll get some tips for improving your heart health.

Don’t wait. Get started on a healthy path today. Your heart will thank you.


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