Throughout the month of February, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau is partnering with the American Heart Association to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease. The goal is to encourage citizens and businesses to promote “going red” to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the number one and number five killers of American.
February is American Heart Month, a federally-recognized event designed to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Over 2,300 Americans die each day as a result of CVD and stroke…that’s one life lost every 38 seconds. The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce is doing its part to support the Go Red movement during American Heart Month by encouraging our local businesses to decorate their windows in red for the month of February.
The American Heart Association is using American Heart Month as an opportunity to remind the public to “know your numbers.” Knowing these numbers can help people and their healthcare providers determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. Five numbers, that all people should know to take control of their heart health are:
o Total Cholesterol
o HDL (good) Cholesterol
o Blood Pressure
o Blood Sugar
o Body Mass Index (BMI)
Knowing these numbers can help you and your healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.
For more information on American Heart Month, visit www.heart.org.
American Heart Month in Jackson County also serves as a springboard for the upcoming 2018 Jackson County Heart Walk, scheduled for Saturday, March 10 at Beach Park in Pascagoula. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the walk scheduled for 9 a.m. To join the “Healthy for Good” Heart Walk Movement in Jackson County, please visit www.jacksoncountyheartwalk.org.