February is recognized as American Heart Month, a time to increase awareness of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is also the leading cause of death in Harnett County.
The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary artery disease, which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary artery disease is a leading cause of heart attacks.
To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the Harnett County Department of Public Health and Harnett Health are partnering to offer the 10th annual “Go Red Lunch and Learn” on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Governmental Complex Commons Area located at 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. in Lillington. The original date announced was Feb. 2.
The program will include a presentation on heart disease and the latest heart health information.
This event is free; however, registration is required. To register, call 910-814-6298. The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 19. Seating is limited.
“Prevention starts with everyone,” said Belinda Rayner, public health educator with Harnett County Department of Public Health. “Protect yourself and your loved ones from heart disease by taking steps to prevent and control your risk factors.”
Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
. Maintain a healthy weight.
. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
. Get active and eat healthy.
For more information, contact Belinda Rayner, public health educator at the Harnett County Department of Public Health, at 910814-6196 or www.harnett.org/ health.