February is American Heart Month, shedding light on the staggering statistics of heart disease and what we – what you as recreation leaders – can do to change the numbers.
Did you know that cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds, but that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes?
The American Heart Association explains that there are five numbers all women should know in order to take control of their heart health:
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL (good) Cholesterol
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
Help your female members and customers know their numbers, and particularly how they can improve them, can be the difference between life or death.
And it’s where you can make the most difference. February is your month to educate them about heart health, specifically these 5 numbers everyone should know, what they can do to improve them, and how your offerings can help.
Let’s start with the numbers. All results should be reviewed and assessed by a healthcare professional, but the guidelines for a healthy heart include:1
The American Heart Association gives specifics on how to improve each of the heart health categories. Educate yourself and others via the links below.
Now, it’s time to consider how your offerings can match up to the suggested activities above. Ideas include:
- Weight loss series: A pre-set rotation through aerobic and strength building offerings
- Bring Down the Blood Pressure yoga and meditation classes
- Nutritional counseling or seminars
The key here? Tie your offerings to the 5 numbers. It’s a great opportunity to incorporate customizable wellness plans that can impact real-life heart goals. You have the power to turn these numbers around, one woman at a time.