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February - Heart Health

Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women in the United States.1 While heart disease is often viewed as something to worry about when you get older, an estimated six in 10 preventable heart disease and stroke deaths happen to people under age 65.2 The good news is that heart health can be improved at any age through eating a nutritious diet that is low in saturated fat and sodium, taking part in moderate to vigorous physical activity most days of the week, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting tobacco. In this toolbox, we provide resources related to heart health, including information on healthy weight, healthy eating, active living, and tobacco free living, as well as cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure. You can promote cardiovascular health by using the materials located in the toolbox for activities, education, and programs. Remember, it's never too late for your command to start protecting their heart health.

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Key Resources

[1] Heart Disease Facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated 10 August 2015.

[2] Vital Signs: Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease & Stroke. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated 13 March 2014.