American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, it is largely preventable and there are many things people can do to reduce their risk, such as being more active.

Join the NHLBI and itsThe Heart Truth® program this year in encouraging Americans to move more and Move with Heart. You should strive for at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) each week of physical activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless. There are flexible ways to break it into amounts of daily activity, and even small amounts add up and can have lasting heart health benefits.

 

Here you will find a variety of information about heart disease, the importance of moving more, educational materials to use in your community, social media resources, and more.

Learn More About Heart Disease

Take the #MoveWithHeart Pledge

Join the NHLBI in a national pledge to #MoveWithHeart to celebrate American Heart Month. Take the pledge now through March 2, 2018 in just 3 simple steps:

  1. Record a short video of yourself saying “I pledge to move more for my heart health.”
  2. Share it on Twitter or Instagram using #MoveWithHeart. You can also upload it manually here.
  3. Challenge friends and family to #MoveWithHeart!

Spread the pledge! Use the following materials to encourage others to improve their heart health by pledging to #MoveWithHeart and moving more each day.

#MoveWithHeart Digital Resources & Sample Social Messages

Spread the pledge to #MoveWithHeart with your constituents on social media using the messages and images below. Be sure to include a digital image or the #MoveWithHeart video with your messages. Click the hyperlinks to open and download the images.

#MoveWithHeart Pledge Twitter Card

Use this digital card to spread the #MoveWithHeart pledge with your Twitter followers.

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#MoveWithHeart Pledge Instagram Card

Use this digital card to spread the #MoveWithHeart pledge with your Instagram followers.

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#MoveWithHeart Pledge Facebook Card

Use this digital card to spread the #MoveWithHeart pledge with your Facebook friends/fans.

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Physical activity can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. This American Heart Month we're joining the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in a national pledge to move with heart. We invite you to submit a pledge by recording a video of yourself and upload it to Twitter or Instagram using #MoveWithHeart or go to www.MoveWithHeartPledge.com.

This American Heart Month we're moving with heart! Join the national pledge to be more physically active to help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Submit a pledge by recording a video of yourself reciting the pledge and upload it to Twitter or Instagram using #MoveWithHeart or at www.MoveWithHeartPledge.com. Feel free to be creative and invite friends to participate!

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We're partnering w/ @nih_nhlbi to spread the pledge to #MoveWithHeart. This American #HeartMonth, pledge by recording a video of yourself reciting the pledge, then share using #MoveWithHeart or upload at www.MoveWithHeartPledge.com. Feel free to get creative and invite friends!

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#DYK that being physically active can help reduce the risk of heart disease? Join us and @nih_nhlbi in pledging to #MoveWithHeart by recording a video of yourself reciting the pledge. Then share using #MoveWithHeart or upload to www.MoveWithHeartPledge.com. Invite your friends!

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We're partnering with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to spread the pledge to #MoveWithHeart. This American #HeartMonth, record a video of yourself reciting the pledge, then share using #MoveWithHeart or upload at www.MoveWithHeartPledge.com. Feel free to get creative and invite friends!

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#DYK that being physically active can help reduce the risk of heart disease? Join us and The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in pledging to #MoveWithHeart by recording a video of yourself reciting the pledge. Then share using #MoveWithHeart or upload to www.MoveWithHeartPledge.com. Invite your friends!

 

#MoveWithHeart Partner Resources

Click the hyperlinks to open and download the PDFs.

#MoveWithHeart Pledge Card for Print

Download and print this card to distribute at events where you are encouraging people to pledge.

#MoveWithHeart Postcard

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#MoveWithHeart Customizable Promotional Flyer

Challenge members of your organization to participate in the #MoveWithHeart pledge to improve their cardiovascular health. Use the flyer to explain how to pledge and why pledging is important. You may wish to develop a challenge for your organization, particularly around National Wear Red Day on Feb. 2. Just add your organization’s logo and details in the customizable fields at the bottom of the flyer. 

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#MoveWithHeart Customizable Certificate of Participation

Recognize members of your organization for participating in the national pledge to #MoveWithHeart by awarding them with a certificate of participation. You can customize the certificate with the participant’s name, your organization’s name and the date.

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#MoveWithHeart Customizable Newsletter Article      

Include this information in your organization’s newsletter, blog, or website. Consider creating a unique challenge among your members or followers.

#MoveWithHeart During American Heart Month   

During American Heart Month this February, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is challenging Americans to participate in a national pledge to #MoveWithHeart. Physical activity can help prevent heart disease. To encourage people to move more, NHLBI is asking you to take a pledge (anytime between now and March 2) by uploading a video of yourself saying “I pledge to move more for my heart health.”

Only about 22 percent of adults meet the federal government’s physical activity guidelines. Spending just 2 1/2 hours per week doing physical activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless can have significant heart health benefits. Get creative by demonstrating your favorite physical activity in your pledge. Challenge your friends, family, and colleagues on social media to join you. Submit your pledge at www.movewithheartpledge.com or share on Twitter or Instagram using #MoveWithHeart.

In addition to the pledge, the NHLBI has a variety of educational resources that can be used throughout American Heart Month and beyond to help people learn more about heart disease and how to be more active. Find social media resources, including graphics and prewritten posts for Facebook and Twitter, fact sheets, National Wear Red Day® promotional resources, a new Move With Heart video, PowerPoint slides, and more at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/heartmonth.

National Wear Red Day

The NHLBI, along with many other groups around the country, annually celebrates National Wear Red Day® on the first Friday in February to raise awareness about heart disease and educate Americans about the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death – and that it is largely preventable. Help promote National Wear Red Day on February 2 this year by using and sharing the resources below.

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Print these posters and hang them around places in your community, workplace, faith-based institution, clinic, or other areas to promote Wear Red Day.

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Wear Red Day Poster 2018 (PDF)

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Social Media Posts

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Today is #WearRedDay! Add a pop of red to your outfit to support heart health awareness. #HeartMonth

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Join us on National #WearRedDay, Feb. 2, to raise awareness about heart disease. Wear red and pledge to be more active to protect your heart this #HeartMonth www.MoveWithHeartPledge.com

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Today, we’re wearing red for #WearRedDay. Join us and help us raise awareness about heart disease! #HeartMonth

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Help us raise awareness about heart disease. Share your #WearRedDay selfies with us! #HeartMonth

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We’re proudly joining @NIH_NHLBI and @TheHeartTruth for #WearRedDay to support heart disease prevention and to encourage everyone to move more in 2018!

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We can think of no better way to kick off #HeartMonth than celebrating #WearRedDay! Join us in the fight against heart disease. Wear red and get 30 minutes of physical activity today.

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DYK? You can protect your heart against heart disease by moving more, eating healthy, managing stress, and getting quality sleep. #WearRedDay #HeartMonth

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Do you know your heart disease risk? High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and physical inactivity each increase your risk for heart disease. #WearRedDay #HeartMonth

Únase el 2 de febrero al día nacional de #DíaLucirPrendasRojas para crear conciencia sobre las enfermedades del corazón. Vístase de rojo y haga la promesa de hacer más actividad física por su corazón durante el #MesDelCorazón.

¡Hoy es el Día Nacional de Lucir Prendas Rojas! Proteja su corazón moviéndose más, comiendo saludable, manejando el estrés y durmiendo bien.

Join us on National Wear Red Day, February 2, to raise awareness about heart disease. Wear red and pledge to be more active to protect your heart this American Heart Month! www.MoveWithHeartPledge.com

It’s American Heart Month and today is National Wear Red Day! Add a pop of red to your outfit to show support for heart health.

It’s National Wear Red Day! Help us raise awareness about heart disease. Take a selfie in your red gear and share it. You get bonus points if you’re being physically active in your red gear too!

For National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month, we’re joining @NHLBI and @HeartTruth to support heart disease prevention and encourage everyone to move more in 2018!

We can think of no better way to kick off American Heart Month than celebrating National Wear Red Day! Join us in the fight against heart disease. Wear red and get 30 minutes of physical activity today.

Today is National Wear Red Day! Protect your heart by moving more, eating healthy, managing stress, and getting quality sleep.

Do you know your heart disease risk? High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and physical inactivity each increase your risk for heart disease. SHARE this post for National Wear Red Day!

Social Media Cards

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National Wear Red Day

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Know your risk and protect your heart.

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National Wear Red Day

February 2

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Know your risk and protect your heart.

#WearRedDay

Día Nacional de Lucir Prendas Rojas

2 de febrero

Las enfermedades del corazón son la causa principal de la muerte en los E,E,U,U,

Conozca su riesgo y proteja su corazón.

#DíaLucirPrendasRojas

Stickers

Print your own National Wear Red Day stickers and hand them out to members of your organization or community.

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NHLBI Heart Day Stickers Round Labels for Printing

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Partner Toolkit

Health and community professionals can use the materials in this toolkit during February and beyond to raise awareness about heart health and the importance of physical activity.

Fact Sheets

Download these fact sheets and share at community events, health fairs, clinics, faith-based activities, and other locations.

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25 Ways To Take Part in Heart Month
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Move More: Making Physical Activity Routine
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28 Days to a Healthy Heart 2018
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Know the Difference: Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Disease, Coronary Heart Disease
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In Brief: Your Guide to Physical Activity
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Social Media Posts

Help heart health messages go viral by sharing these posts and graphics on your social media channels.You can also share our state-by-state infocards to raise awareness about the rates of coronary heart disease in your state.

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February is #HeartMonth! Take the #MoveWithHeart pledge to add more physical activity into your day. Encourage your friends and family to do the same. Together, we can get active and improve heart health.

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Are you moving more for #HeartMonth? Breaking a sweat helps to strengthen your heart muscle, get blood flowing through your body, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. #MoveWithHeart

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In honor of #HeartMonth, we’re joining @NIH_NHLBI and @TheHeartTruth and encouraging everyone to move more. Physical activity helps protect your heart, even if you already have heart disease. #MoveWithHeart

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Choosing to move more is one of the best choices you can make for your health. As little as 30 minutes of physical activity every day to improve your heart health. #HeartMonth #MoveWithHeart

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We’re getting active and moving more for #HeartMonth. Are you? Show us how you #MoveWithHeart. Take a picture and share it!

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There are several small changes you can make for a healthy heart: Getting more physical activity, eating healthy, managing stress, and getting quality sleep also help to protect your heart. RT this for #HeartMonth.

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Let’s #MoveWithHeart for #HeartMonth! Carve out 2.5 in your week in your week to move more. If you’re busy, don’t skip your exercise, break it up into chunks.

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For #HeartMonth, ask your loved ones about your family’s health history. If your parents or a sibling was diagnosed with coronary heart disease at an early age, your risk for heart disease increases. #MoveWithHeart and make other changes to protect your heart.

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Did you know 1 in 3 deaths in the United States is from cardiovascular diseases, like stroke and coronary heart disease? Protect your heart by being physically active. #MoveWithHeart #HeartMonth

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Did you know coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease? It kills 366,000 people each year in the U.S. Check your state’s CHD rates and #MoveWithHeart to help lower your risk. #HeartMonth

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Make an appointment with your doctor during #HeartMonth to learn how you can take control of heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure or cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and obesity.

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Physical activity is a great way to help protect your heart from heart disease, and you only need small chunks like 10 minutes at a time to see the benefits. So ride a bike, dance to a few songs, take a walk around the block, or use the stairs. #MoveWithHeart for #HeartMonth!

¿Sabía que 1 de cada 3 muertes en los Estados Unidos es por enfermedades del corazón incluyendo derrame cerebral, enfermedad de las arterias coronarias, y más? Proteja su corazón haciendo actividad física.

¡Febrero es el #MesDelCorazón! Comprométase con #MuevaSuCorazón y haga más actividad física todos los días. Anime a sus amistades y familiares para que hagan lo mismo. Juntos podemos ser más activos y mejorar la salud de nuestros corazones.

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February is American Heart Month! Take the #MoveWithHeart pledge to add more physical activity into your day. Encourage your friends and family to do the same. Together, we can get active and improve heart health.

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Are you moving more for American Heart Month? Breaking a sweat helps to strengthen your heart muscle, get blood flowing through your body, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. #MoveWithHeart

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Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States? In honor of American Heart Month, we’re joining @NHLBI and @HeartTruth and encouraging everyone to move more. Physical activity helps protect your heart, even if you already have heart disease. #MoveWithHeart  

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Choosing to move more is one of the best choices you can make for your health. Carve out 30 minutes of physical activity every day to improve your heart health.  #MoveWithHeart

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We’re getting our 2.5 hours of physical activity a week for American Heart Month. Are you? Show us how you #MoveWithHeart. Take a picture and share it!

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There are several small changes you can make for a healthy heart: Getting more physical activity, eating healthy, managing stress, and getting quality sleep are a few things you can do to help to protect heart. SHARE this post to help us raise awareness about heart disease prevention for American Heart Month.

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Let’s #MoveWithHeart for American Heart Month! Carve out 2.5 hours in your week minutes to move more. If you’re busy, don’t skip your exercise, break it up into smaller 10 or 30 minute chunks.

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For #HeartMonth, ask your loved ones about your family’s health history. If your parents or a sibling was diagnosed with coronary heart disease at an early age, your risk for heart disease increases. #MoveWithHeart and make other changes to protect your heart.

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Did you know that 1 in 3 deaths in the United States is from cardiovascular disease, like stroke and coronary heart disease? Protect your heart by being physically active. #MoveWithHeart

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Did you know it’s American Heart Month? Coronary heart disease (CHD), the most common type of heart disease, kills almost 366,000 people each year. Check your state’s CHD rates and #MoveWithHeart to help lower your risk.

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Make an appointment with your doctor during American Heart Month to learn how you can take control of heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure or cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and obesity.

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Two and a half hours of physical activity is a great way to protect your heart from heart disease, and you only need 10 minutes at a time to see the benefits. So ride a bike, dance to a few songs, take a walk around the block, or use the stairs. #MoveWithHeart for American Heart Month!

State Based Social Media Resources

Coronary Heart Disease is a common form of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Check out the graphics below to see what the prevalence is in your state and share them on Facebook and Twitter to encourage people to take care of their heart health.

Find out more about Coronary Heart Disease in your State.

Drop-in Article for African Americans

Use the articles below in your newsletters, blogs, bulletins, or on your website.

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#MoveWithHeart and Celebrate American Heart Month 

If you’re looking for some easy ways to take better charge of your health this year, here’s one: get up and move. Not only does physical activity help improve your overall health, it protects your heart, too, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). To make the point, and mark American Heart Month this February, NHLBI is launching a #MoveWithHeart campaign. Here are some facts—and some “get-moving” tips and resources—to inspire you to sit less and move more

Why move more everyday

Heart disease is a leading cause of death among African Americans in the United States, but fortunately adding more physical activity to your daily routine can help your heart and improve your overall health. Think about it: Being sedentary or inactive makes you nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease than if you’re active.

Being active can:

  • Strengthen your heart (even if you have heart disease)
  • Improve blood flow
  • Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Give you more stamina and help you cope with stress
  • Help you control your weight
  • Help you quit smoking

Many types of activity can help your heart, whether it’s shooting hoops, taking an exercise class at your local recreation center, or walking during your lunchbreak. The bottom line for you and your family: Get up and get moving!

For more information about the benefits of physical activity visit the NHLBI website.

How heart disease affects African Americans

Almost 1 in 10 African Americans have some type of heart disease. And nearly 4 percent have had a stroke. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for both these conditions, and for African Americans, high blood pressure rates are especially high—about 61 percent of those aged 50 to 64, and 33 percent aged 35 to 49, have the condition.

Yet, even though physical activity can help lower blood pressure, less than half (only 44%) of African Americans meet national guidelines for the minimum amount of physical activity needed to stay healthy. But by moving more, you can help change those numbers. Just start gradually, and increase slowly.

How much is enough?

As little as 60 minutes a week of physical activity such as walking briskly helps your heart. For major health benefits, aim for at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) a week. Walk around your neighborhood or the track at a nearby school, or start a walking club after church.

If you want to get the same benefits in less time, try for 75 minutes of activities, such as playing a full game of basketball, jumping rope, or working out to a fun YouTube fitness video. It’s up to you how you reach your own personal targets. For example, 30 minutes of physical activity 5 times a week is one option if you’re aiming for 150 minutes a week.   

Can’t carve out that much time at once? Don’t chuck your goal, chunk it! Try 10 minutes a few times a day, for example. You’ll know your workout counts if:

  • Your heart is beating faster
  • You’re breathing harder
  • You break a sweat

Remember: more activity means a bigger boost to your health, so try to stay active between workouts. Here are some ideas:

  • Take the stairs.
  • Stand up when you change television channels.
  • When you hear good music, don’t just sit there, dance!
  • Stand up during meetings, or better yet, suggest a walking meeting.
  • Park in the farthest space from your destination.
  • Get off the bus one stop early.
  • Play with your kids at the playground.

You can find recommendations for children, older people, and pregnant women on NHLBI’s website as well as more information about heart-healthy physical activity.

Read The Heart Truth® for Women. The Heart Truth for African American Women: Take Action To Protect Your Heart on the NHLBI website.

When to check with your doctor

If you have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, or other symptoms, talk with your doctor first. Learn more about risks of physical activity for certain groups on NHLBI’s website.

Getting regular physical activity can mean fewer doctor visits, hospitalizations, and medications. Choosing to move more whenever possible is one of the best choices you and your family can make.

 

Drop-in Article for Hispanics/Latinos

Use the articles below in your newsletters, blogs, bulletins, or on your website.

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#MoveWithHeart and Celebrate American Heart Month  

If you’re looking for some easy ways to take better charge of your health this year, here’s one: get up and move. Not only does physical activity help improve your overall health, it protects your heart, too, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). To make the point, and mark American Heart Month this February, NHLBI is promoting a #MoveWithHeart message. Here are some facts—and some “get-moving” tips and resources—NHLBI says should to inspire you to sit less, and move more.

Why Move More Everyday

Heart disease is a leading cause of death among Hispanics/Latinos in the United States, but fortunately adding more physical activity to your daily routine can help your heart and improve your overall health. Think about it: Being sedentary or inactive makes you nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease than if you’re active.

Being active can:

  • Strengthen your heart (even if you have heart disease)
  • Improve blood flow
  • Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Give you more stamina and help you cope with stress
  • Help you control your weight
  • Help you quit smoking

Many types of activity can help your heart, whether it’s taking a dance class or taking a walk. The bottom line for you and your family: Get up and get moving!

For more information about the benefits of physical activity, visit the NHLBI website.

How heart disease affects Hispanics/Latinos

Overall, nearly 9 percent of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States have heart disease. But the prevalence of the disease is twice as high for those born in the United States than for those not born here.

About 23 percent of Hispanics/Latinos have high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The average age for having a stroke among Hispanics/Latinos is 67—among non-Hispanic whites, it is 80. 

Yet, even though physical activity can help lower blood pressure, only 16 percent of Hispanics/Latinos get enough physical activity, based on national guidelines. But by moving more, you can help change those numbers. Just start gradually, and increase slowly.

How much is enough?

As little as 60 minutes a week of physical activity helps your heart. For major health benefits, aim for at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) a week. That might include walking with your kids or taking a swim class with your friend or family member. If you want the same health benefits in less time, try for 75 minutes a week of activities such as playing a full game of soccer, taking a Zumba class, or working out to a fun YouTube fitness video.

It’s up to you how you reach your own personal targets. For example, 30 minutes of physical activity 5 times a week is one option if you’re aiming for 150 minutes a week. 

Can’t carve out that much time at once? Don’t chuck your goal, chunk it! Try 10 minutes a few times a day, for example.

You’ll know your workout counts if:

  • Your heart is beating faster
  • You’re breathing harder
  • You break a sweat

Remember: more activity means a bigger boost to your health, so try to stay active between workouts. Here are some ideas:

  • Take the stairs.
  • Stand up when you change television channels.
  • When you hear good music, don’t just sit there, dance!
  • Stand up during meetings, or better yet, suggest a walking meeting.
  • Park in the farthest space from your destination.
  • Get off the bus one stop early.

You can find recommendations for children, older people, and pregnant women on NHLBI’s website as well as more information about heart-healthy physical activity.

When to check with your doctor

If you have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, or other symptoms, talk with your doctor first. Learn more about risks of physical activity for certain groups on NHLBI’s website.

Getting regular physical activity can mean fewer doctor visits, hospitalizations, and medicines. Choosing to move more every chance you get is one of the best choices you and your family can make.

Learn more

Healthy Hearts, Healthy Homes (NHLBI)

Hispanics and Stroke (CDC)

The Heart Truth® for Women. The Heart Truth for Latinas: Take Action to Protect Your Heart (NHLBI)

Drop-in Article for Hispanics/Latinos (SPANISH)

Use the articles below in your newsletters, blogs, bulletins, or on your website

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#MuévaseConCorazón y Celebre el Mes del Corazón Estadounidense

Si está buscando algunas maneras fáciles para mejorar su salud este año, aquí hay una: levántese y muévase. La actividad física no solo mejora su salud en general, pero también protege su corazón, según el Instituto Nacional del Corazón, Pulmón y Sangre (NHLBI, por su sigla en inglés). Para hacer énfasis en este punto y para celebrar en febrero el Mes del Corazón en los Estados Unidos, NHLBI está promoviendo el mensaje #MuévaseConCorazón. Aquí le presentamos algunos datos – y algunos consejos y recursos para “moverse” que NHLBI espera que lo inspiren a sentarse menos y a moverse más.

Por qué hay que moverse más cada día

La enfermedad del corazón es la causa principal de muerte entre los hispanos/latinos en los Estados Unidos, afortunadamente el agregar más actividad física a su rutina diaria puede ayudar su corazón y mejorar su salud en general. Piénselo: Ser sedentario o inactivo lo pone casi al doble de riesgo de desarrollar enfermedad del corazón en comparación con estar activo.

Ser activo puede:

  • Fortalecer su corazón (aunque tenga enfermedades del corazón)
  • Mejorar el flujo de la sangre
  • Bajar la presión sanguínea y los niveles de colesterol
  • Darle más resistencia y ayudarle a manejar el estrés
  • Ayudarle a controlar su peso
  • Ayudarle a dejar de fumar

Muchos tipos de actividades pueden ayudar a su corazón, ya sea tomar una clase de baile o salir a caminar. Lo importante para usted y su familia es: ¡levantarse y moverse!

Para más información sobre los beneficios de la actividad física, visite el sitio web del NHLBI.

Cómo las enfermedades del corazón afectan a los hispanos/latinos

En general, casi el 9 por ciento de los hispanos/latinos en los Estados Unidos tienen enfermedad del corazón. Pero la prevalencia de la enfermedad del corazón es el doble entre los hispanos/latinos nacidos en los Estados Unidos en comparación con los que no han nacido aquí.

Aproximadamente el 23 por ciento de los hispanos/latinos tienen presión arterial alta, un factor de riesgo muy importante para la enfermedad del corazón y el derrame cerebral. La edad promedio de los hispanos/latinos para presentar un derrame cerebral es 67 años, entre los blancos no hispanos, es de 80.

Sin embargo, a pesar de que la actividad física puede ayudar a reducir la presión arterial, solo el 16 por ciento de los hispanos/latinos hacen suficiente actividad física, según las recomendaciones nacionales. Pero moviéndose más, usted puede ayudar a cambiar esos números. Sencillamente empiece poco a poco y aumente lentamente su nivel de actividad física.

¿Qué tanto es suficiente?

Tan poco como 60 minutos de actividad física a la semana pueden ayudar su corazón. Para un mayor beneficio para su salud, propóngase hacer por lo menos 150 minutos (2½ horas) a la semana. Esto puede incluir caminar con sus hijos o tomar una clase de natación con un amigo o un familiar. Si quiere los mismos beneficios de salud en menos tiempo, trate 75 minutos a la semana haciendo actividades como jugar en partido completo de fútbol, tomar una clase de zumba, o hacer ejercicio con un vídeo de YouTube para ponerse en forma.

Usted decide cómo alcanzar sus propias metas. Por ejemplo, 30 minutos de actividad física 5 veces a la semana es una opción si se está proponiendo alcanzar 150 minutos a la semana.

¿No puede sacar tanto tiempo? No abandone sus metas, ¡divídalas! Trate 10 minutos varias veces al día, por ejemplo.

Usted sabrá si su rutina de ejercicio es efectiva si:  

  • Su corazón la palpita más rápido
  • Respira más fuerte
  • Suda

Recuerde: más actividad física significa una mejor salud, entonces trate de mantenerse activo entre sus rutinas de ejercicio. Aquí algunas ideas:

  • Use las gradas.
  • Párese cuando cambia el canal del televisor.
  • Cuando oiga buena música, no se quede sentado, ¡baile!
  • Párese durante reuniones, o mejor aún, sugiera una reunión caminando.
  • Estacione en el lugar más lejos de su destino.
  • Bájese una parada antes del autobús y camine.

Usted puede encontrar recomendaciones para los niños, las personas mayores, y las mujeres en embarazo en el sitio web de NHLBI y también más información sobre actividad física saludable para el corazón.

Cuàndo consultar con su médico

Si usted tiene alguna condición crónica de salud como enfermedad del corazón, artritis, diabetes, o algún otro síntoma, primero hable con su médico. Aprenda más sobre los riesgos de la actividad física para ciertos grupos de personas en el sitio web de NHLBI.

Hacer actividad física con regularidad puede significar menos visitas al médico, hospitalizaciones y medicinas. Elegir moverse más cada vez que tenga la oportunidad es una de las mejores decisiones que usted y su familia pueden hacer.

Aprenda más

Corazones Sanos, Hogares Saludables: ¿Está usted en riesgo de enfermarse del corazón? (NHLBI) (en inglés y en español)

Las Personas Hispanas y Los Accidentes Cerebrovasculares (CDC)

La verdad acerca del corazón para las mujeres: Tome medidas para proteger su corazón  (NHLBI)

PowerPoint Slides and Flyers

Use these PowerPoint slides during educational presentations or anywhere in your community with a screen such as waiting rooms, faith-based services, cafeterias, and more or print out and use as flyers. You can even customize the graphics to showcase people in your own organization or community (see directions on the slide) and customize the #MoveWithHeart Pledge promotional flyer and Certificate of Participation.

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To use these images, right click on each one and select "Save Image as..." to download to your device.

Videos

Share these videos on your social media channels or on your website to promote physical activity and heasssrt health. Find all our heart health videos on the NHLBI YouTube channel.

 

Events

Unraveling the Mysteries of Cardiovascular Disease: Lessons from NHLBI’s Framingham Heart Study

February 1st, 2018 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Please join us for our first lecture, "Unraveling the Mysteries of Cardiovascular Disease: Lessons from NHLBI’s Framingham Heart Study" with Dr. Daniel Levy of NHLBI and Boston University School of Medicine.

Congenital Heart Disease Day of Education

February 5th, 2018 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium (CHPHC) is a group of organizations that have united their resources in an effort to prevent congenital heart defects (CHD) and improve the lives of people affected by CHD. Join us at #CHDcare4life on Monday February 5 to raise awareness that everyone living with CHD needs continuous congenital cardiology care for life. Learn more at chphc.org.

Congenital Heart Disease Day of Education
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National Wear Red Day, February 2nd

The NHLBI, along with many other groups around the country, annually celebrates National Wear Red Day® on the first Friday in February to raise awareness about heart disease and educate Americans about the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death – and that it is largely preventable. 

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