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Spread The Word on Heart Health

Local Health Departments: Be a Part of the Million Hearts™ Initiative


NACCHO's goal is to recruit 150 local health departments to be a part of the Million Hearts™ Initiative. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 3 deaths in the country. Million Hearts™ is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time.


Million Hearts™ aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:

  • Improving access to effective care.
  • Improving the quality of care for the ABCS.
  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
  • Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.

Please visit NACCHO's Million Hearts website to get up-to-date information and resources for local health departments and how they can help educate the public on the importance of preventing heart attack and stroke in the United States. Sign-up to be a Million Hearts member.  


AHA Guide for Improving Cardiovascular Health at the Community Level 

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released its Guide for Improving Cardiovascular Health at the Community Level, 2013 Update.  


The guide focuses on:

  • Changing behaviors such as smoking, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating habits.
  • Increasing awareness of risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, and adherence to treatment.
  • Identifying community settings from worksites to barbershops that best impact health.
  • Specifying the types of interventions - media, organizational partnerships and policy change - that may impact health

Please click here to access the full article.   


New from MMWR: Ethnic Disparities in Awareness, Treatment, and Control within Blood Pressure Stages Identified

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report entitled "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Awareness, Treatment, and Control of Hypertension-United States, 2003-2010." This report, the latest from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), confirms well-documented racial/ethnic disparities among people with hypertension. In addition, the report reveals-for the first time-differences among individuals with stage 1 versus stage 2 hypertension by age, awareness level, prevalence of treatment, and insurance coverage. Please click here to access the full article.    


"Know Stroke" Toolkits 

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is featuring toolkits that provide materials needed for planning and conducting a stroke education event. Included is a facilitator's guide with step-by-step training on how to host a stroke awareness event; Know Stroke brochures in Spanish and English; What you Need to Know about Stroke brochures in Spanish and English;  posters; and an award-winning 8 minute videotape featuring interviews with medical experts and stroke patients.     


IOM Releases New Report: Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence 

Despite public health efforts over the past several decades to encourage people in the United States to consume less sodium, adults still consume an average of 3,400 mg/day, well above the current federal guideline of 2,300 mg or less daily. Evidence has shown that reducing sodium intake reduces blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Some recent research, however, suggests that sodium intakes that are low may also increase health risks - particularly in certain groups. Please click to access the press release and the report brief

Did You Know?

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month  

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke in the United States. Nearly 68 million American adults have hypertension - that is one in every three American adults. An additional 30% American adults are on the cusp of developing high blood pressure. Hypertension is the leading cause of doctor visits and costs $51 billion annually in direct medical expenses and lost productivity.


Without major change, hypertension and cardiovascular disease rates will continue to rise and consumers will pay the price for inaction. For more information on different types of activities to increase public awareness of cardiovascular disease and hypertension, please visit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit
Million Hearts™ toolkits were designed to help partners incorporate Million Hearts™ into their everyday work and enhancing their heart disease and stroke prevention efforts. They are available for download and use as individual components or as an entire toolkit. Partners can use the resources in the Million Hearts™ Partners Toolkit to expand their existing heart disease and stroke prevention programs and to recruit others to improve clinical preventive practice and community prevention. Click here to access the partners toolkit
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