Let’s talk about our ticker, the heart. It’s the unsung hero that keeps us going! Someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds in the United States, according to the CDC. It’s truly the one thing we can’t live with out and you only get one. So take charge of your heart health with these four steps to make sure you can continue to do all the things you love!

Understanding the Air We Breathe

Person riding a bike on greenway

Let’s get real about air pollution – it’s not just about hazy skies. Air pollution can cause heart attacks and strokes in people who are at risk for these conditions! When planning outdoor activities, check the Air Quality Index. Think of it like your weather forecast! Take it easy when the air quality is poor, exercise indoors or save your outdoor exercise for a day when the air quality is better.

Get Your Move On

Speaking of exercising indoors. Our Park and Recreation has recreation centers with indoor pools and fitness activities like indoor pickleball to help you stay active! We also have miles of greenways for you to walk, bike or roll on. No matter how you decide to get your fitness in, your heart will thank you!

Healthy Eating

fresh produce at a farmer's market

I’m a sucker for a french fry, but it’s all about balance! Staying healthy is key, and what you eat plays a big part. Pick nutritious meals, load up on fresh fruits and veggies and cut back on processed foods! Explore local farmer’s market. Get fresh produce while supporting local businesses. Many farmer’s markets accept SNAP, making healthy eating doable for everyone!

Listen to Your Heart

Your heart talks to you. If it’s trying to send an SOS, don’t hit ignore! Learn the warning signs of a heart attack. Like chest pain, heartburn, nausea, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness, and shortness of breath. It’s important to stay on top of your health with routine check-ups with your doctor. Don’t have insurance? Public Health can help you find free and low-cost healthcare providers in the County.

In a nutshell, let’s make sure our hearts stay in great shape. So check the air quality when making plans, stay active and be open to listening to what your heart tells you. Here’s to a heart-healthy you – today, tomorrow and everyday!