February is American Heart MonthFact: According to the CDC, about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

Fact: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women.

In an effort to combat cardiovascular disease, the Westchester County Department of Health supports prevention through heart healthy lifestyle changes. The information in these pages are designed to help reduce the incidence of heart disease in Westchester County by promoting regular physical activity and healthy eating habits. Use these tools to develop healthy lifestyles for you and your family.

Food and fitness can offer health for a lifetime. Prevention works.

  • Move More: If you think you have no time to exercise, think again. There are many opportunities to be more physically active throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or park further away from your destination to get a quick walk in.

  • Eating Right: Healthy food habits can help you reduce three risk factors for heart attack and stroke—high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess body weight.

  • Know Your Numbers: Knowing your numbers is an important part of keeping your heart healthy. Ask your health care provider to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.