Healthy Heart Shirts

February is American Heart Month, a time when we can all focus on cardiovascular health.  Purchase your long-sleeve Healthy Heart shirt from the Y for $10 and wear it to remind yourself to take care of your heart!

Easy Ways to Improve your Heart Health:

  • Exercise:  Aim for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
  • Hydrate: Drink more water daily, at least half your body weight in ounces.
  • Manage Stress: Find a relaxing activity you enjoy like yoga or meditation.
  • Limit Caffeine and Sodium: Both have a huge impact on your heart health!
  • Monitor: Take your blood pressure regularly.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight: Excess weight increases risks of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

Heart Health Facts*:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
  • One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
  • About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.
  • High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease.
  • Other medical conditions and common lifestyle choices put people at higher risk for heart disease, including: diabetes, being overweight or obese, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.

*All facts and data from cdc.gov.