February is Heart Health Month, a time for people to focus on their cardiovascular well-being and bring awareness to one of the most widespread and complicated health challenges in the U.S. and around the world: heart disease. Sadly, cardiovascular disease – which includes disorders of the heart and blood vessels – is the leading cause of death worldwide, claiming the lives of 17.9 million people every year. (1)
Each year, organizations like the American Heart Association offer plenty of important resources to improve cardiovascular well-being, including healthy recipes, stress management techniques, and fitness tips, all of which can lead to improved heart health. (2)
Just as there are many steps that people can take to live a healthier lifestyle, there are also a variety of ways to help spread the word about the importance of heart health. Here a few great activities and products we hope you take to heart this February in celebration of Heart Health Month!
Get In on National Wear Red Day
Celebrated on the first Friday in February, National Wear Red Day encourages people to don red-colored clothing and gear to bring greater attention to heart disease. Sharing photos of yourself in your red attire on social media using the hashtag #OurHearts is a great way to promote Wear Red Day and show how you are supporting heart health all year. (3)
One item that can help you “Rock the Red” is this trendy 41090 1” Silicone Wrist Band! While it’s available in an array of colors, we of course recommend red for Heart Health Month. You can also have your message and logo added for an even greater impact.
Be Physically Active/Participate in a Heart Walk
Did you know that physically active people have healthier hearts than inactive people do? Not only does aerobic exercise help you control your cholesterol and blood sugar, but it also improves your circulation. (4)
A great way to get moving and promote Heart Health Month at the same time is by taking part in a Heart Walk, which is the American Heart Association’s premier event for raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke. Our AP5310 Atchison® Sidecar Drawstring Pack is an excellent choice for keeping your items secure as you get your heart pumping.
Scrapes and cuts may get your heart rate up when you’re on the go, but with our 40045 Deluxe First Aid Kit, you’ll be prepared! Slim and trim, this compact kit contains an array of first-aid essentials to help you get patched up and on your way.
Encourage Healthy Living
Being aware of the foods you eat, amount of sleep you get, and how frequently you exercise can all help you improve your heart’s health.
Proper hydration is essential for your heart, as well. In fact, water is the single largest component of the human body and it plays a vital role in most bodily functions. (5) Make sure you stay hydrated by using our 46366 Champ Transparent Color Bottle – 28 oz. that features an easy-to-grip contoured design. You can also place any bottle that holds between 16 oz. and 20 oz. of water in our 45067 Koozie® Collapsible Bottle Kooler to keep your beverage cold.
Controlling your blood pressure is also important, as it can reduce the risk of heart disease or a heart attack. (6) Help keep your blood pressure in check when you’re at work or at home with our 40259 Heart Stress Ball. Not only can it help reduce stress, it’s also shaped like a heart – one of the most common symbols in healthcare today – making it a perfect fit for Heart Health Month.
No matter who you are or what your age, taking care of your heart is important and promoting heart health is a cause we can all get behind! Find more great products to help you Rock the Red and celebrate Heart Health Month this February at kooziegroup.com.