Monday, February 22, 2016

American Heart Month

State House staffers, elected officials and visitors today had an opportunity to participate in CPR and first aid training in Nurses Hall. I joined them to learn about the two fundamental steps of the new hands-only CPR techniques, first- call 9-1-1 and second- do 100 chest compressions per minute.

They say home is where the heart is – the place for family and friends, health and happiness. The word ‘heart’ is often used as a metaphor for emotions and feelings that each of us recognizes as deeply meaningful. But, beyond the figurative language, I would also like you to consider your heart as the vital organ that it is and what you can do to keep it beating for a very long time.

February is American Heart Month and because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States I think it is vitally important to help raise awareness, and life spans, by connecting people with heart disease prevention information.

Keeping your heart healthy can be as simple as taking steps to lower your blood pressure, adding physical activity to your daily routine, and making health meal choices. Here is a Web link that can keep you keep your heart healthy -