February is National Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women nationwide, and Indiana is no exception. In 2013, 13,630 residents of Indiana died of heart disease.

To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the School of Public Health-Bloomington is proudly participating in American Heart Month which runs through February.

Indiana ranks 39th in the nation for prevalence of heart attacks, we know we can do better. We here at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington are dedicated to the helping prevent heart disease. We want to encourage everyone, of all ages, to make good choices and lead healthier lives.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

To lower your risk:

  • Get active and eat healthy.
  • Watch your weight.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. 

Remember, even a small improvement in your weight, diet, blood pressure, and physical activity can contribute to better health!