Each February, stores are flooded with heart-shaped candies, boxes, trinkets, prints, and embellishments in pink and in red as we prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day. February is also National Heart Month, and we turn our focus to heart health. On Friday, February 3, the American Heart Association of Alabama painted the town red as news anchors, businesses and schools, Birmingham landmarks, and even our furry friends at Hand in Paw donned the color red. Residents at Kirkwood joined in recognition, wearing red in support of National #WearRedDay and the fight against heart disease and stroke.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and it is vitally important to understand risk factors, symptoms, and warning signs for heart disease and how to preventatively live a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Heart-healthy habits can include:
- Getting enough exercise
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a heart-healthy diet, full of fruits and vegetables while limiting your intake of saturated fats
- Regularly visiting your physician
- Reducing your alcohol intake
- Watching your weight
- Getting good sleep
- Reducing stress factors
Our staff at Kirkwood is committed to helping our residents live a healthy lifestyle. Our dining staff creates delicious and nutrient-filled meals. Our maintenance and housekeeping staff can relieve the stress of home upkeep. Our onsite nursing staff is available to all residents, alleviating the stress of “what-ifs” in emergencies. Our activities calendars are packed with opportunities for exercise classes and socially engaging activities.
This month, let us remember to prioritize our health. As we celebrate those we love, may we also remember to love ourselves a little deeper – with increased awareness and education of how to take best care of our hearts.