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DHPE Observes February as American Heart Month

Tuesday, February 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 370,000 deaths each year. While the death rate from heart disease fell about 38 percent from 2003 – 2013, the burden and risk factors remain alarmingly high. February is American Heart Month, an excellent time to teach people that heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing their health conditions.  The prevention of heart disease is one of the intended outcomes of DHPE’s involvement in the CDC-funded National Implementation and Dissemination Project or Partnering4Health.

DHPE works tirelessly to promote healthy living through the Partnering4Health initiative by:

  • helping protect people from tobacco smoke through smoke-free environment initiatives;

  • increasing access to physical activity opportunities in communities;

  • increasing access to healthy food or beverage options where people live, learn, work, play, and pray; and

  • preventing chronic disease risk factors and reducing health disparities with access to care.

As part of these efforts, DHPE is proudly participating in American Heart Month. We support our fellow Partnering4Health national organization, the American Heart Association, by taking this opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease and increase knowledge about prevention. Sharing this information is important because about 80% of cardiovascular disease can be prevented through everyday healthy living steps, including:

  • not smoking;

  • physical activity;

  • good nutrition;

  • maintaining healthy weight; and

  • controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

For more information to stay on top of all the heart healthy news, visit To learn more about Partnering4Health, visit, or follow us on Twitter @DHPETweets, and Like us on Facebook.

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