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February 15, 2017

Miami, Fla.— February marks the beginning of American Heart Month and it is a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health and help fight heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in Florida and the nation.

“This celebration is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and empower our Miami-Dade County residents to take control of their health by learning about their health status and finding ways to lead healthier lifestyles in order to reduce heart disease and improve overall health,” stated Dr. Lillian Rivera, Administrator/Health Officer of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County.

Each year, heart disease causes one in four deaths in the United States. There were 42,835 heart attack hospitalizations in Florida in 2014 or an average of 117 heart attack hospitalizations each day. About half of all Americans have at least one of the three risk factors for heart disease which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. While all Americans are at risk for heart disease, the non-Hispanic black community is at the greatest risk.

Many of the risk factors for heart disease can be eliminated with diet, exercise and taking steps to quit smoking. During American Heart Month, follow these simple tips to keep your heart healthy and fight heart disease.

  •  Add exercise to your daily routine, even if it’s just taking regular walks with family and friends;
  •  Schedule a visit with your doctor to talk about your heart health;
  •  Increase healthy eating by cooking heart healthy meals; and
  •  Take steps to quit smoking by utilizing the Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way Program.

In Miami-Dade County, the Healthy Hub at the Frederica Wilson & Juanita Mann Health Center in Liberty City, located at 2520 NW 75th Street, Miami, Florida 33147, is offering free blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and body mass index screenings along with nutrition and healthy lifestyle tips to residents on Monday and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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