Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Local News

February 19, 2014

'Go Red' for heart health

February is American Heart Month and people across the country are wearing red to speak out and encourage awareness about the risks of heart disease.

At Hendricks Regional Health, we are going red for the entire month of February. The exteriors of our buildings are bathed in red at night and the interior of the hospital is decorated with window clings and red bows celebrating heart health.

About 10 years ago, some rather surprising data revealed that heart disease is not only the number one killer of men, but it actually kills more women than men. Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined. This silent killer claims the lives of nearly 1,100 women each day. In response to that revelation, the American Heart Association launched the Go Red for Women campaign to raise awareness and reverse the deadly trend. Since 2003, we have seen some improvement in rates of heart disease, but we still have a long way to go.

Women, and men, were encouraged to wear red on the first Friday of February, learn more about individual risk factors for heart disease and make lifestyle changes to reduce controllable risk factors and improve health. While some risk factors cannot be controlled (such as a person’s age or family history of the disease) many other factors simply come down to making good choices. Visit the website www.goredforwomen.org to learn about risk factors that can affect your heart health.

Good heart health can mean a better quality of life.

Following are steps you can take to reduce your risk for heart disease:

• Stop smoking;

• Choose good nutrition;

• Reduce blood cholesterol;

• Lower high blood pressure;

• Be physically active every day;

• Achieve and maintain a healthy weight;

• Manage diabetes;

• Reduce stress; and

• Limit alcohol intake.

Each year, too many women, and men, succumb to heart disease. The result is all too often a devastated family that did not expect to lose a loved one. I would encourage you to protect your family by protecting yourself. If you are at high risk for heart disease, please speak to your doctor and take steps now to lower your risk. Lifestyle changes can be difficult, but help is available. Your local hospitals have qualified teams that can help you improve health and wellness. I can’t think of any resolution for 2014 that is more important than improving heart health. Please join me throughout the month of February in celebrating American Heart Month. Let’s work together to end heart disease.

— Kevin P. Speer is president and CEO of Hendricks Regional Health

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Home security scammer target of state AG lawsuit |Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a lawsuit against Jerome Edmond and USA Promotions for making illegal pre-recorded calls and for impersonating an ADT home security systems representative. This marketing followed several high profile

    July 29, 2014

  • National Night Out returns to county The 31st annual National Night Out event is Aug. 5 at various locations around Hendricks County. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for crime prevention, and strengthen neighborhood spirit

    July 29, 2014

  • HCF 7-30 news trading post pix 6 New swap meet/farmers' market gets traction in North Salem NORTH SALEM — The BFE Trading Post just happens to be in Putnam County but the mailbox is in Hendricks County and it has a North Salem address. It's also just around the corner from McCloud Nature Park and is home to the bi-monthly BFE Farms Swap Mee

    July 29, 2014 6 Photos

  • WSF 7-29 news plane pull pic 1 [Duplicate] Plane Pull Challenge to be held Sept. 6 The 13th annual FedEx Plane Pull Challenge for Special Olympics Indiana will be Sept. 6 at the Indianapolis International Airport, 2475 Hoffman Road. The Plane Pull Challenge is the largest single day fundraiser for Special Olympics Indiana. Teams of

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rising up to meet Putin's thuggery

    Any illusions I had about the progressive nature of the Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime quickly dissipated when I returned to my Moscow Grand Marriott room in August 2007. Upon opening the door, I was greeted with the spectacle of my papers and note

    July 29, 2014

  • Union drama at the Metropolitan Opera

    The fat lady will sing — but only in strict keeping with the work rules set out by the American Guild of Musical Artists. The Metropolitan Opera has a labor problem. Personnel expenses account for $200 million of the financially struggling Met's $32

    July 29, 2014

  • Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods Even when Tiger Woods finished just a few strokes from last place at the British Open, he was one of the featured topics in stories coming out of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.Stories about Woods followed two themes: He is finished, and his once-sterling

    July 29, 2014

  • WSF 7-29 news hauler 4 Hauler Parade kicks off Brickyard activities SPEEDWAY — The Hauler Parade is quickly becoming a tradition for NASCAR fans who visit Indy for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. The event is in its third year and welcomed numerous people, young and old alike.The parade of more than 40 NAS

    July 29, 2014 8 Photos

  • WSF 7-29 spt nhra pic-1 -- Countdown continues -- On Sept. 6, 1982 at Indianapolis, Shirley Muldowney captured the greatest victory of her outstanding Top Fuel career.Already a two-time Top Fuel world champion and winner of 15 national events, Muldowney’s history-making victory at the Chevrolet Perf

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMPD arrests knife wielding serial robber At about 8 p.m. July 23, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were flagged down in the 3800 block of N. Keystone Avenue by a witness who said the Dollar General store was being robbed.Officers got out of their cars and approached the

    July 29, 2014

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Should the government continue to use military bases to house illegal immigrant children?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read