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The Alliance for Health Equity in Coatesville Promotes Heart Health in February

Feb 16, 2024 | Coatesville

The Alliance for Health Equity in Coatesville is promoting community well-being and addressing health disparities. February marks American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about heart health and the prevention of heart disease. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), heart disease stands as the leading cause of death for individuals in the United States. However, the NIH emphasizes that simple, heart-healthy lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the risk of developing heart-related conditions.

Stop Smoking:

While the harmful effects of smoking on lung health are well-known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also highlight its detrimental impact on heart health. Nicotine, present in cigarettes, raises blood pressure and damages the heart and blood vessels. Moreover, exposure to secondhand smoke can elevate the risk of heart disease, underscoring the importance of smoking cessation efforts.

Limit Alcohol Consumption:

Moderate alcohol intake, particularly red wine rich in antioxidants, has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease. However, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to various heart-related ailments, including high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke. Johns Hopkins Medicine advises moderation, recommending an average of one drink per day for women and one to two drinks for men.

Adopt a Heart-Healthy Diet:

The Mayo Clinic advocates for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains while minimizing salt, added sugar, and unhealthy fats. Resources such as My Plate from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and dietary guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provide valuable insights into maintaining a heart-healthy eating regimen.

Regular Exercise:

Combining a nutritious diet with regular exercise is essential for preventing heart disease and mitigating risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity. Healthline underscores the benefits of physical activity in strengthening the heart, improving blood flow, and maintaining overall cardiovascular health.

In line with the spirit of American Heart Month, The Alliance for Health Equity (formerly Brandywine Health Foundation) in Greater Coatesville is committed to advancing community health and well-being. Through grants, scholarships, and partnership programs, the Alliance strives to address health disparities, promote social justice, and empower underserved populations.

To learn more about American Heart Month initiatives and the Alliance’s efforts to champion health equity, visit their website at allianceforhealthequity.org or consider making a donation to support their mission of creating a healthier, more resilient community for all.

Posted by Monica Ferguson

Monica is a senior at West Chester University studying Digital Marketing. She is excited about moving to Chester County and eventually starting her career there after graduation.

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