Hart Healthy Challenge: A tradition of caring.
Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the US and worldwide for several decades. In the past few years, the burden has slightly decreased, but it remains a health problem that policy makers, providers, and patients are working to prevent.
Luckily, it is also one of the most preventable diseases. To improve awareness and education about heart disease, February has traditionally been Heart Health Month, and 2017 is no exception.
Healthfinder.gov suggests a few things to help us all raise awareness about preventing heart disease. One of those ideas is to encourage family members to make small changes in their lives, like using spices to season their food instead of salt or parking at the far end of the grocery parking lot to get a little bit more walking in during your day.
To that end, here at HCC, we are kicking off HART Healthy Month for our staff. Each year, in honor of our healthy hearts, we encourage our team members to make changes in their eating and activity behaviors by sponsoring friendly competition during February. Via this competition, we take steps (both literally and figuratively!) to improve our own health and strive to improve the lives of others by donating to an organization in the community. See here, here, and here for information about what we did in 2016’s HART Healthy Month and here and here for how we gave back to our communities last year.
This year, 2017, we will be having a weighted lottery competition, where team members can get bonus tickets entered into the lottery by completing a variety of food and exercise related activities aimed at helping us make incremental changes to our lifestyles. The month will culminate with two lottery winners receiving a $250 fitness toolkit customized to each winner, commemorative HCC schwag in the form of a workout t-shirt, and a group donation of $1500 to a charity, which we will choose by voting during the month.
If you see our HCC staff this month, ask them about what they are doing for Hart Healthy Month and consider joining them for a quick jaunt outside and be heart healthy together!!