GILBERT — The Larry Joe Harless Community Center is hosting several events in honor of February being Heart Health Month.
Members of the LJHCC can fill out a heart health survey at the front desk to be entered into a drawing to win a fitbit in honor of the month. During the first week of February, the LJHCC After School program will be wearing red and learning about health health. The winter recreational league will also be asked to wear red socks during the first week of games.
LJHCC Executive Director, Cheryl Mitchem says that promoting heart health in the region is something that is very important.
“Heart health in West Virginia is something that is a very serious problem so anything we can do to help promote it is a great thing,” said Mitchem.
According to the WVU Extension Service, West Virginia ranks 4th among all of the 50 states for heart disease death rates.
During this American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts are hoping for a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017 by encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it’s high, to make control their goal.
According to the CDC, some ways to work to lower your blood pressure include speaking to your doctor about what your blood pressure should be, take blood pressure medicine as directed, stop smoking and reduce sodium intake.
(Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.)