February is a special month that emphasizes hearts – candy hearts, chocolate hearts, heart shaped cards. But it is also a time to evaluate our own heart and its health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. But it is also one of the most preventable. The Heart Foundation encourages “making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.” While you may eat healthy and exercise regularly, genetics do play a significant factor. Regular check-ups will help you understand how your family history may affect your heart health and what symptoms to look for.
During Heart Health Month, there are many things we can each do to raise awareness and educate ourselves. Many organizations encourage taking a CPR class, especially with the new guidelines of performing only chest compressions. To find a course near you or take an eLearning course, please visit the American Heart Association’s course site.
Here are Envirocon, we encourage our employees to take part in our semi-annual CPR/First Aid training and provide a yearly health fair. Our employees are our greatest asset, and we want them to have the tools necessary for a healthy life.