Health Topics of the Month

January Awareness Activities

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing one in four deaths each year. But there’s a lot you can do to live a heart-healthy life—and connecting with others can make your efforts even more successful.

Eat Smart. Healthy eating starts with healthy food choices. A healthy diet that is low in sodium and saturated fat is key to heart disease prevention. Making small changes, such as opting for a heart healthy homemade meal over fast food, can help to make a huge difference!

Move More. Get at least 2½ hours of physical activity each week—that’s just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Can’t carve out a lot of time in your day? Don’t chuck your goal, chunk it! Try 5, 10, or 15 minutes a few times a day. Some physical activity is better than none.

Quit Smoking. To help you quit, ask others for support or join an online support group. Research shows that people are much more likely to quit if their spouse, friend, or sibling does. Social support online can help you quit. Call the NH Quit Line (1-800-QUITNOW) to connect with a free quit coach and receive tobacco cessation resources. My Life My Quit (nh.mylifemyquit.org) is another tobacco cessation resource specifically for teenagers. 

Practice Self-Care. Research shows that self-care can help you keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Along with eating right and being active, you can practice heart healthy living and self-care by getting more sleep, practicing mindfulness, and connecting with the people you care about.

Wear Red on the first Friday of February (February 3) to spread awareness about heart healthy choices.

-NHLBI, 2023

 

Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life. This year’s theme is “Brush, Floss, Smile.” To learn more about Children’s Dental Health Month”, visit the Americans Dental Association’s web page here.

-ADA, 2023

 

World Cancer Day (February 4)