Friday, February 6, 2015
St. John the Baptist Parish – Parish President Natalie Robottom proclaimed February as Heart Health Awareness Month at a recent council meeting.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, killing an estimated 700,000 Americans each year. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack.
The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. St. John Parish employees participated in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 6 and will continue to wear red on Fridays throughout the month to spread the word.
Residents and employees are encouraged to learn about the dangers of heart disease and heart attack symptoms by visiting the American Heart Association's website at www.heart.org. Limiting tobacco and alcohol use, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, keeping blood pressure and cholesterol down and receiving health screenings will assist in preventing heart disease.