February is a big month and we are looking forward to celebrating Black History Month as well as promoting heart health and dental health in these 28 days and beyond.
American Heart Month
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States? According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease every year. Spreading the news about heart health is especially important because many times, heart disease can be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.
Here are a few ways you can lower your risk of developing heart disease. Help us spread the word by encouraging your friends and family members to join you in these activities.
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy.
Black History Month
We found this great list of ways to celebrate Black History Month from Scholastic! Celebrate with your friends and family, using their twenty-eight ideas, one for every day of February, that recognize the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans in the United States.
National Children’s Dental Health Month
February is also National Children’s Dental Health Month and we are helping spread the word about the importance of good oral health for children. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile” and that is one campaign we can really get behind.
Please visit our good friends, Dr. Alexandra Boudreau and Dr. Kevin Ricker at Chatham Pediatric Dentistry located in Briar Chapel Veranda. They provide complete, comprehensive dental care for every patient – young, younger, and everywhere in between.