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February is Heart Health Month

February 15, 2013
From: Shelby Hanig , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

I am currently enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa. My major is in Health Promotion Education with an emphasis in Fitness. I'm a senior and am currently interning with Tama County Public Health and Home Care.

My goal is to have a better understanding of Public Health through working with the ladies here at the Public Health. One of my tasks here currently is working with the Wellness Coalition on a grant to improve healthy habits around Tama-Toledo.

We are working on implementing a cooking seminar where families in Tama-Toledo will be invited to join us as we prepare a healthy meal and talk about healthier options for snacks, drinks, healthy portion sizes, how to read food labels, food safety and fun physical activities. I will be working on various projects during my time here and I hope to reach out to as many community members as I can.

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Shelby Hanig

February is Heart Health Month

Know the Heart Facts

Tama County Facts:

In 2012, 30% of Tama County residents reported being physically inactive (not doing much physical activity).

Also in 2012, 26% of Tama County residents were obese (a person is considered obese when they are 20% or more over their normal weight).

10% of residents living in Tama county are diabetic.

In a survey conducted in 2012 Tama county was ranked 55 out of 99 for healthy outcomes and they were ranked 31 out of 99 for healthy behaviors.

While those aren't heart disease right now, they are all behaviors that can lead to or eventually cause heart problems.

Source: County Health Rankings & Raodmaps

Iowa Facts:

Heart disease and stroke are the #1 and #3 killers of Iowa men and women.

In 2011, 6,726 Iowans died of heart disease and 1,431 died of a stroke, accounting for 29% of deaths in Iowa.

Heart disease accounted for 14 percent (one in seven) of Iowa's hospitalizations in 2009, the leading cause of hospitalizations.

Of those hospitalizations: 61% were diagnosed with heart disease (29370), 27% had coronary heart disease (13,000), 19% had congestive heart failure (9,148), 18% were diagnosed with stroke (8,511).

In 2011, the age-adjusted heart disease death rate for Iowans was 14% higher than the national

With 131/100,000 Iowan deaths in 2009, the 2011 rate represents a 10% reduction in two years, Iowa is on its way to meeting the 2020 objective if trends continue.

Source: Iowa department of Health

Know the signs and symptoms:

Heart Attack:

Chest discomfort -- Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in other areas of the body -- Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath (while resting) -- with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs -- may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Spot a stroke F.A.S.T

Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately

Source:American Heart Association



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