Happy February !
Heart Awareness Month
February is American Heart Month, a time when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health. Taking time to care for your heart can be challenging as you go about daily life. But it’s easier than you think to show your heart the love it deserves each day. Small acts of self-care, like taking walks, getting quality sleep, and cooking healthy meals, help your heart.
Heart-healthy living involves understanding your risk, making healthy choices, and taking steps to reduce your chances of getting heart disease, including coronary heart disease, the most common type. By taking preventive measures, you can lower your risk of developing heart disease that could lead to a heart attack. You can also improve your overall health and well-being.
Consider making one, or several, of the below lifestyle changes. Here’s how to start:
1.- Move more
°Get at least 2½ hours of physical activity each week—that’s just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
°Can’t carve out a lot of time in your day? Don’t chuck your goal, chunk it! Try 5, 10, or 15 minutes a few times a day. Some physical activity is better than none.
2.- Eat healthy foods
°A healthy diet that is low in sodium and saturated fat is key to heart disease prevention.
°Such as eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, vegetable oils, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
°Limiting foods sugar and other sweeteners.
3.- Aim for a healthy weight
°Being overweight is hard on your heart. It increases your risk of having heart disease, a stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
°Choosing heart-healthy foods and getting regular exercise will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
4.- Quit smoking
°The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your heart and blood vessels in many ways.
°Quitting is hard, but many people have succeeded, and you can too. Ask your family and friends for support in your effort
5.- Reduce stress and improve sleep
°Stress can contribute to high blood pressure and other heart risks.
°Not getting enough sleep or regularly getting poor quality sleep increases the risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease, and other medical conditions. Aim for 7–8 hours of sleep a night.
6.- Know your numbers
Meet your heart health goals by keeping track of how much you exercise, your blood pressure, your cholesterol numbers—all of which can impact your heart health—and tell your doctor how you’re doing.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month in USA and Canada.
Black History Month got its start in 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American, promoted Negro History Week in February.
The time was selected because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln which had been notable dates for the black community since the start of the twentieth century.
Also known as African-American History Month, it was first observed by students and faculty at Kent State University in 1970.
In 1976 it evolved into a month-long celebration and became a national holiday when President Gerald Ford recognized “the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history” in a speech to mark the United States Bicentennial.
Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National Black History Month.
It is a time for all Americans to reflect on both the history and teachings of African Americans and to focus on the progress, richness, and diversity of African American achievements.
Black History Month has no overall coordinating body – anybody can organize an event. Consequently, every year sees an eclectic mix – from historical walks to seminars – organized by, for example, local authorities, schools, and voluntary organizations.
Today Black History Month is celebrated not only in the US but around the globe by five different countries.