As part of Heart Health month, the U.S. Post Office is issuing a new stamp to raise awareness about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death among both men and women in America. The image evokes both healthy eating and physical movement, two key elements to a heart healthy lifestyle. The stamp is also being used to help promote the Million Hearts initiative, which was lunched in September 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services with the goal of reducing heart attacks and strokes by 1 million over the next five years.
Last night, the Heart Health Forever Stamps were featured during The Biggest Loser as part of a sweepstakes. To enter the “Watch It. Write It. Win It.” sweepstakes, fans are asked to write letters of encouragement to the contestants for a chance to win a trip to the Biggest Loser Resort, a month of healthy meals or tickets to the Biggest Loser finale. Viewers can write to previously eliminated contestants from the current season. Visit the USPS website for more information about the giveaway.
Many cases of heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices. The Surgeon General has outlined the following key points to staying healthy and reducing your risk of heart disease:
- Eat a heart-healthy diet
- Exercise and control your weight
- Don’t smoke
- Manage stress
- Sleep well
- Get regular heart screenings
This list of healthy habits is far from surprising, however it’s likely that we all have room for improvement for in one of these areas.