Published on Thursday, January 28, 2016
February is all about hearts. Not the paper or candy ones, but the muscle ones.
In observation of American Heart Month, the University of Mississippi Medical Center is encouraging employees to learn about heart disease and its risk factors, practice heart-healthy habits, and have a little fun.
“I encourage all of us in the Medical Center family to focus on easy ways to take care of our heart,” said Dr. Dan Jones, professor of medicine and director of clinical and population science for the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research.
Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of adults in the United States and in Mississippi.
“Getting five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, integrating physical activity into our daily lives (such as using the stairs instead of elevators for short trips), and avoiding the use of tobacco products will make our hearts happy,” Jones said.
Go Red for Women t-shirt sale is one of the many activities planned to recognize Heart Month
A plethora of academic events and activities designed to boost awareness heart health are planned at the Medical Center during February, a number of them collaborations between UMMC and the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women heart disease campaign. They include:
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