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Posted on: February 2, 2024

February is Heart Month

February is National Heart Month, a time to shine a spotlight on the importance of cardiovascular health. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, causing an estimated 695,000 deaths in 2021, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here in Norwalk, 4.6% of Norwalk residents 18 years of age and older from the CDC’s Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System reported a heart disease diagnosis—that’s more than 3,000 Norwalk adults! To raise awareness about the importance of heart health and help residents lower their risk of heart disease, the Norwalk Health Department will be offering heart healthy programs and services throughout February. 

  • Wear Red Day: The National Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign celebrates Wear Red Day the first Friday in February. On Friday, February 2, the Health Department encourages residents to wear red, take a photo, and share it to help raise awareness for heart disease prevention. 


  • Know Your Numbers: Monitoring your health regularly and addressing elevated numbers early can help lower the risk of heart disease and improve heart health. The Health Department will be hosting two free health screenings in February to help people learn their numbers for heart health. Screening options include blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference. 
    1. Tuesday, February 6 at Norwalk Library’s Main Branch (1 Belden Avenue) from 2:00 – 4:00 PM 
    2. Tuesday, February 20 at Open Doors at Smilow Life Center (55 Chestnut Street) from 9:30 – 11:30 AM

 

  • HIV Testing: Undiagnosed or untreated HIV could increase the risk of heart disease. To allow residents and their partners the opportunity to get tested for and education on HIV prevention and treatment options, the Norwalk Health Department is offering a free HIV Testing Clinic.
    1. Wednesday, February 14 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Health Department (137 East Avenue)

 

While Heart Month is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of heart health, it does not end in February. The Norwalk Health Department encourages residents to continue prioritizing their heart health all year long. Understanding your risk for heart disease and taking the steps to improve your heart health can make all the difference. Strategies such as speaking with your doctor and monitoring your health regularly, getting exercise, eating heart healthy foods, finding ways to lower stress, and quitting smoking are just a few of the ways to protect your heart now and in the future. 

 

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For more information on the Heart Month activities visit, www.norwalkct.gov/health or call Kelley Tomlinson, Health Educator at 203-854-7982.  

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