Health & Safety

January 25, 2013

AFMC to promote American Heart Month in February

February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and the importance of heart health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; approximately one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke.

You can take action for your health and lower your risk of developing heart disease by:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Monitoring your blood pressure
  • Limiting the amount of dietary fat, cholesterol, and alcohol you consume
  • Exercising regularly
  • Not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke
  • Managing stress
  • Knowing your numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose

 

Civilian Health Promotion Services will be conducting heart-healthy activities during American Heart Month to help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of heart healthy lifestyle habits. Activities include:

  • The Heart and Sole Walking Initiative for physical activity
  • Heart-healthy education classes for awareness and prevention
  • Cardiac Risk Profile Wellness Screenings to monitor for risk factors (for Department of Defense civilians only)

 

During the month of February, Air Force Materiel Command will be promoting the Heart and Sole Walking Initiative. This initiative involves the use of the AFMC Wellness Support Center website (http://www.afmcwellness.com) and the Pedometer Walking Program. The goal of the initiative is to log steps into the Pedometer Walking Program five days a week during the month, for a total of 140,000 steps. Participants who complete this task will receive a travel fitness kit. The Heart and Sole Walking Initiative is open to AFMC active duty military and appropriated-fund civilian employees.

To sign up for the Heart and Sole Walking Initiative, visit http://www.afmcwellness.com or contact your local CHPS team for more information.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Air Force Fitness Management System II up, accessible

The new Air Force Fitness Management System ñ AFFMS II ñ is now up and accessible via the Air Force Personnel Center Secure Application, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. AFFMS II enables Airmen to review their fitness history and records through July 2010. The previous system was taken off line Dec. 31 to enable...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner

Edwards AFB’s Biomedical Sciences Corps team celebrates 50 years

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner The Biomedical Sciences Corps is made up of 2,400 professionals in a range of fields including optometry. Maj. Jade Texcell provides an optometry exam to an Airman.   Do you enjoy havin...
 
 
sharps

Safe personal disposal of sharps

At the 412th Medical Group, we recognize proper management and disposal of sharps safely reduces pollution, prevents injury, and averts disease transmission. A sharp is generally any hypodermic needle, pen needle, intravenous n...
 

 
flu

Flu season: What you need to know

Flu is officially upon us. If you have ever had the flu, you know it can knock you out ó with members of your family, friends and co-workers not far behind. Today, it’s more important than ever to get your facts straight...
 
 
driving-safety

Driving safely on snow or icy roads

Unless you’re traveling through the mountains of Southern California in the winter, driving in the snow doesn’t occur very often. First off, don’t assume your vehicle can handle any road condition. Even four-w...
 
 

Thinking about urgent care? The Nurse Advice Line Can Help

When an urgent health problem arises, it is hard to know whether you should try to tough it out or seek medical care. Luckily, TRICARE beneficiaries can call the Nurse Advice Line to get advice on their health care questions. Not all health problems require a visit with a medical specialist but a Registered Nurse...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>