Well-Ahead Louisiana celebrates american heart month
There are countless resources that help to promote healthy hearts during February. Some Well-Ahead favorites are the My Heart Score tool from the American Heart Association which encourages individuals to enter health information and provides guidance and recommendations tailored to their heart health score. We also love Life’s Simple 7, which details seven easy ways to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. The website also includes educational resources that can be shared with patients.
In addition, the Million Hearts initiative aims to prevent a million cardiovascular events in five years through optimizing care, keeping people healthy, and improving outcomes for priority populations. This Heart Month, Million Hearts reminds us that heart disease can happen at any age. National trends show that heart disease death rates are declining more slowly than they have in the past, especially among adults ages 35 to 64. Check out the Million Hearts website to find educational resources for both patients and health professionals.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites you to take a pledge to #MoveWithHeart this month! Take the pledge now through March 2, 2018, in just 3 simple steps:
Record a short video of yourself saying “I pledge to move more for my heart health.”
Share your video on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MoveWithHeart.
Challenge your friends and family to #MoveWithHeart!
In addition to the pledge, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has a variety of educational resources that can be used throughout American Heart Month to help people learn more about heart disease and how to be more active. Check it out the website here: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/.
Did You Know?
Heart disease is the number one killer in Louisiana. More than 29 Louisiana residents die of heart disease every day.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for heart disease. Ask your health care team to check your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels regularly to help you take steps to control your levels.
MOVING LOUISIANA'S HEALTH FORWARD
You can stay up-to-date on current resources for cardiovascular health and other chronic diseases by joining our Provider Education Network! Check webinar topics at http://wellaheadla.com/healthcareprovidertrainings.
Are you interested in improving provider education? Well-Ahead Louisiana is currently leading a Health Systems Alignment project where provider education is a hot topic. Email wellaheadla.gov to join the conversation!