February is American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consequently, the American Heart Association has deemed the month of February American Heart Month to remind Americans of healthy habits that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Even with increased awareness, 80 percent of midlife women (ages 40 to 60) still have one or more of the modifiable risk factors — high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, and smoking. Sixty percent of younger women, ages 20-39, have one or more of these risk factors. Recent data show high rates of overweight/obesity in younger women, which may lead to higher rates of heart disease in later years.
Activities such as National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 3 and The Heart Truth's signature Red Dress Collection Fashion Event on Sunday, Feb. 9 encourage Americans to raise awareness of heart disease in women. The Red Dress is the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, and helps remind women to recognize and take action to reduce their risks for heart disease.
Presented below are some important resources for African American women.
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Support Completes the Puzzle
We Know YOU CAN DO IT. A Certified Health & Wellness Coach can help.
When it concerns your health, a little support can go a long way. A personal Wellness coach can help clients achieve the "lifestyle prescription" medical providers and healthcare team wants their clients to follow. Lasting lifestyle behavioral changes that impact health outcomes and quality of life is just a contact away.
Check with your Insurance provider. With the new Affordable Care Act, most wellness coaching is part of your benefits plan (free of charge) under Preventative Care. Mental Health coverage is also now covered under most plans.
The Health Insurance Marketplace
What you'll learn when you apply in the Health Insurance Marketplace
When you use the Health Insurance Marketplace, you'll fill out an application and see all of the health plans available in your area. You'll find out if you can get lower costs on your monthly premiums for private insurance plans. You'll learn if you qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs.
The Marketplace will also tell you if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage available through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The Health Insurance Marketplace is sometimes known as the health insurance "exchange."