Health & Safety

January 31, 2014

AFMC promotes American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report approximately 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that’s one out of every four deaths.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable when individuals make healthy lifestyle choices and manage their health conditions.

Risk factors are conditions and lifestyle habits that increase your risk of heart disease. The more risk factors you have, the higher your chances of having a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, risk factors for heart disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Being overweight
  • Physical inactivity
  • Tobacco smoke exposure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Uncontrolled stress
  • Increasing age
  • Family medical history

While certain risk factors – such as age and family history of early heart disease – cannot be changed, it is important to understand that you can lower your risk for heart disease. The CDC states that on average, people at low risk of heart disease live nearly 10 years longer than people at high risk. Keys to prevent or delay the onset of heart disease include healthy lifestyle habits that focus on weight management, being physically active, avoidance of tobacco smoke, and proper nutrition.

To help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Civilian Health Promotion Services is promoting the “Do You Know Your Numbers” wellness campaign during American Heart Month. Some risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, may not have obvious signs or symptoms. The Cardio Risk Profile screening available through CHPS can help with early identification of risk factors for heart disease. The CRP screening is free to all Department of Defense (appropriated fund) AFMC civilian employees.

For more information regarding wellness screenings, contact your local CHPS team or visit www.AFMCwellness.com.




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


 
 

 

News Briefs March 27, 2015

Enlisted promotion ceremony The Edwards Enlisted Promotion Ceremony is 3 p.m., March 31 in the base theater. Promotees and commanders will be in service dress. Uniform of the day for all other attendees will be uniform of the day or business casual. CPTS delayed opening The 412th Comptroller Squadron will delay opening until 11 a.m.,...
 
 

Pursuing dreams to fly, fight and win

Have you ever been told you didn’t have what it takes while pursuing a goal? Did you believe it? I did. My final year in college, the Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment commander met with each senior to discuss our Air Force future. When asked what I hoped to do, like most of my peers...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds

Edwards joint maintenance team completes significant JSF propulsion verification event

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy maintainers, DOD employees and Pratt and Whitney contractors work on an F135 engine March 17 as part of a week-long to provide verified tec...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Edwards heroes save coworker’s life

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Left to right: Moses Zamora, Neil Edwards, Robin “Bubba” Hairston, and Derrick Shannon are heavy equipment operators with the 412th Civil Engineer Group who saved the life of their...
 
 

Edwards CAP squadron to host open house

Edwards AFB’s Civil Air Patrol Squadron will host an open house will be held at the Oasis Community Center 6-8 p.m., March 31. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the squadron cadet program demonstrations. Cadets will be sharing their CAP training experience in the following cadet programs: * Aerospace Education including remotely controlled aircraft and...
 
 
pageant

2015 Edwards Royalty crowned

Courtesy photograph The new Edwards Community Queens were crowned March 21 during the 2015 pageant held at the Oasis Community Center. They are (back row from left) Miss (Danika Blake), Teen Miss (Ariana Medina), Junior Miss (H...
 




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>