February is American Heart Month
Posted: February 20, 2014
According to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease—including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure—is the number one killer of women and men in the United States.
Many of these deaths could have been prevented through healthier habits, healthier living spaces and better management of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Strategies for better heart health include the following:
- eat a healthy diet
- maintain a healthy weight
- exercise regularly
- monitor your blood pressure
- don’t smoke
- limit alcohol use
- get your cholesterol checked
- manage your diabetes
- take your medicine
For more information about being heart smart and ways to be heart healthy, visit the CDC website.
Free Blood Pressure Screenings
Did you know that the Randolph Township Health Department provides free monthly blood pressure screenings? Screenings are held the first Wednesday of each month at India Brook Village on Calais Road. The first session is at Building A from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. followed by a second session at Building B from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. No registration is required. Public health nurses can also check your blood pressure between screenings provided you call in advance for an appointment at 973.537.7118.