Celebrate February Heart Health Month
If you are a “typical adult”, you may not pay much attention to your heart, the most vital aspect of your physical health. Take time this year to learn how to prevent or control heart disease, the #1 killer of men and women in West Virginia. How? Have a “Love Your Heart Fun Lunch”. Anyone can do it, any way you like—with your own family, office colleagues or friends. Here’s how…
Use any or all of these materials in the Love Your Heart Fun Lunch kit.
- Host Recruitment (to recruit volunteers or others to organize these events)
- Planning Guide (step-by-step what to do before, during, after the lunch)
- Invitation (flyer to fill in your date, time, location, contact)
- Calendar (handout for lunch or any other February event)
- Healthy Red Foods (ideas to use in planning a lunch or as a handout)
- Heart Truth (handout on heart disease facts, symptoms, and prevention)
- Mixer (lunchtime beginning ice-breaker game)
- Word Game (lunchtime closing game)
- Crossword Puzzle
- Beach Ball Questions (with a permanent marker, write questions on a ball, then have fun tossing it around to see if the group can answer all the questions correctly)
- Test Your Risk (handout or inspirational poster for the fridge)
- Survey – interactive and print-ready versions (pre/post program evaluation tool)
- Listener List
Part of the fun lunch is watching a great video or two. You decide which one your audience would like and how much time you’ve got. Here are video links to use:
- Just a Little Heart Attack (3 min.)
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement and Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks created the short film to educate women about the realities of heart disease and encourage them to put their health first. The film chronicles one woman’s experience ignoring her symptoms and putting herself last. Go Red For Women hopes to engage and inspire women to put their health first and take care of their heart.
- The Single Biggest Health Threat Women Face (16 min.)
Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don’t know about women’s heart health—including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they’re often missed).
- The Real Women of 2012 (2 1/2 min.)
Women in various stages of life tell about their experiences with surviving a heart attack and living with heart disease. Very compelling stories from Go Red 4 Women!
February is Heart Health Month. Help spread important messages to save lives and host a FUN LUNCH!
Sponsored by a grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health as part of a public-private partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to promote The Heart Truth®, the NHLBI's national program for women about heart disease. Funding is provided by individuals and corporations including Home Shopping Network, Diet Coke, Belk Department Stores, and Swarovski.