FMCH Employees Walk for Heart Health

Fort Madison Community Hospital employees are walking for Heart Health.  A challenge was sent out to all FMCH employees to keep a treadmill in the Main Lobby moving for 24 hours and they stepped up to meet that challenge.  Starting at 12 midnight on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, the treadmill has been whirling.  Sporting red t-shirts, each employee can walk or run at their own pace in fifteen minute increments. 

“We came up with this idea to promote heart health not only for our patients but for our employees as well.  We are very excited that we had such strong support throughout the organization with each of our departments represented,” commented Angie Budnik, Community Relations Director at FMCH. “Heart disease affects men and women equally now and has no age boundaries.  By raising awareness of the positive things you can do to prevent heart disease we hope we can make a difference in the prevalence of this deadly disease.”

February is Heart Health Awareness month.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women

There are lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your risk of heart disease.  The American Heart Association call these ‘Life’s Simple 7’:

  • Get active – try to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. 
  • Eat better – eat a colorful diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts. Try to limit sugary drinks (drink more water), fatty or processed food and your salt intake.
  • Lose weight – maintaining a healthy weight is important for your health.  Talk to your health care provider if you have concerns.
  • Control cholesterol – cholesterol comes from two sources – your body (which makes all of the cholesterol you need) and food made from animals.  Eating smart, adding color and moving more can lower your cholesterol.
  • Manage blood pressure – stress and poor diet have both been linked to high blood pressure. 

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