February is a month for lovers, with the commercialism of Valentineís Day starting even before the post-Christmas sales are over.
The American Heart Association has taken this one step further, and capitalized on the whole heart theme by dubbing February Heart Month. Throughout the next few weeks fundraising and public awareness efforts in the fight against heart disease will be ongoing.
The concerns are not just heart disease and heart attacks, but strokes also. A fact publicized by the Herkimer County Department of Health states that more New Yorkers die of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, than all other causes of death combined.
Is it stress? Is it poor eating habits? Is it a lack of exercise? Itís probably all three of those reasons combined. But the department of health also noted that if heart disease can be hereditary. So if you have a parent or grandparent who has suffered a heart attack, stroke or heart disease you are at risk.
Fundraisers like the walk/runs organized by the American Heart Association are important in raising dollars for research and in raising public awareness. When residents, neighbors, friends or family take the time out of their busy lives to promote these causes, they need to be supported.
Jim Beebe counts himself lucky to be alive, and is motivated to help others through his own personal learning experience. Take heart, and support him with a donation.
Then, take the effort to do something healthy for yourself and pledge to walk in the March 7 event in Utica. Not only will you be benefitting your own health, but you will be possibly saving the life of others, with your donations collected.
Check out the American Heart Associationís website at www.americanheart.org to find out what you can do to help fight this killer. And if you are really motivated, go to www.uticaheartwalkrun.org, and pledge to take an active role in the fight by becoming a walker/runner.
The life you save may be your own.
Happy Heart Month!