Springfield-Greene County Health is recognizing American Heart Month this February by raising awareness of the risk factors for heart disease and offering tips on living a heart-healthy lifestyle. In the Springfield Community (Greene, Christian, and Webster Counties), more than 31% of adults have high blood pressure and nearly 36% have high cholesterol according to the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment.
Risk factors like these, as well as poor physical health and obesity, increase the likelihood that a person will develop and die from heart disease or a related complication, such as a stroke. Already in Greene County, 7.2% of adults have coronary heart disease, compared to similar rates for Missouri, 7.5%, and the United States, 6.9%.
This American Heart Month, the Health Department is encouraging adults to take at least one step toward bettering their heart health. The National Institutes of Health has published a list of 28 ways to work toward a healthy heart. Some ideas include:
- Getting your blood pressure checked.
- Walking an extra 15 minutes.
- Planning meals and snacks that are heart healthy.
- Finding ways to reduce stress in your everyday life.
- Calling a relative to ask about your family health history.
- Taking steps to quit smoking.
- Talking to your doctor about your heart health.
More information about heart disease and tips to living a heart healthy lifestyle can be found on the American Heart Month website and on the Health Department’s social media account through the month of February.
Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].
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