How netEffx Supports American Heart Month
NetEffx is proud to support American Heart Month this February! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, so we’re committed to doing our part to raise awareness about this serious issue during American Heart Month.
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Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing information and resources on our website and social media channels to help educate our visitors about their risk factors for heart disease and what they can do to protect their heart health.
For more information on American Heart Month, please visit:
National Wear Red Day®
In support of American Heart Month, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) leads the way in declaring February as National Wear Red Month. They encourage everyone to show their support on National Wear Red Day, which falls on the first Friday of the month, this year on February 3rd.
Wearing red was a simple and powerful way for us to show our support for National Wear Red Day and to help spread the word about heart disease. When we wear red, we are joining a powerful force of survivors, supporters, and health advocates from all walks of life who are working together to end heart disease. Wearing red is a simple and powerful way to show your support for National Wear Red Day and to help spread the word about heart disease.
Check out the gallery below to see our staff showing off their red!
February is American Heart Month!
Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we work on them with others. NHLBI launched the #OurHearts movement to inspire us to protect and strengthen our hearts with the support of others.
Here are some facts, how-to tips, and resources to inspire you to join with others, even if you can’t be physically together, to improve your heart health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Most middle-aged and young adults have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or being a smoker or overweight. Having multiple risk factors increases your risk for heart disease.
Why Connecting is Good for Your Heart
Feeling connected with others and having positive, close relationships benefit our overall health, including our blood pressure and weight. Having people in our lives who motivate and care for us helps, as do feelings of closeness and companionship.
Follow these heart-healthy lifestyle tips to protect your heart. It will be easier and more successful if you work on them with others, including by texting or phone calls if needed.
- Be more physically active.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a nutritious diet.
- Quit smoking.
- Reduce stress.
- Get 7-9 hours of quality sleep.
- Track your heart health stats.
You don’t have to make big changes all at once. Small steps will get you where you want to go.
How do we keep heart-smart in the at work?
Steve, Sr Security Analyst
Work can be so sedentary. You sit at a desk all day, looking at a screen. As an IT professional, it can be easy to slip into the stereotype of being a desk jockey. Sitting for long periods of time can be bad for my health and increase my chances for heart disease. It doesn’t have to be that way.
I try to move as much as possible by finding smart ways to squeeze in some time periodically throughout my workday. While working at a desk, I’ll take a mini-break for a couple of minutes every 70 to 90 minutes to get up, get in a few steps to grab a drink. If there’s an idea I need to brainstorm or a phone call I need to make or take, I’ll stand up to get out of my chair. I’ll also break up lengthy blocks of sitting time with stretching.
I also utilize my time outside of work to keep in shape. It’s convenient for me to hit the gym before work every morning to keep moving and get my head in a good space to tackle the day.
Corey, Sr Developer, Web Services
Jodi, Office AdministratorEveryone has stress in their lives. I think the day-to-day grind can really weigh a person down. It’s a fact of life. While you can’t always avoid stress, you can learn how to manage it, so it doesn’t control you. One of my favorite ways to de-stress is taking my dog out to play and explore the local sights. It gets my blood pumping, clears my head, and helps me utilize a few more minutes of the day when I’m not thinking about deadlines or emails. Sometimes, when I’m feeling especially overwhelmed, I stop and breathe for a moment. Deep breathing, especially smelling the flowers, is a great way to help me de-stress. Meeting up with friends is always a fabulous way to forget about the worries of the day for a while. Incorporating healthy habits into my daily routine by trying to reduce stress helps keep my heart and blood vessels strong!
Aaron, IT Support TechnicianStress tends to crop up a lot in the tech industry. With constant deadlines and being glued to the desk, it’s no wonder high-tech workers tend to be so stressed-out! Stress can even take a toll on our sleeping habits, affecting our health and well-being. For me, self-care is essential for a healthy heart. Self-care is about taking care of yourself so that you can be the best and healthiest person that you can be. Building self-care habits into my weekly routine is important for my physical and mental health. I try to find slow moments in my busy week to dedicate myself to managing stress. One of my favorite ways is by reading, getting out into nature, and continuing to learn about the world around me. Pursuing hobbies like playing music and photography also helps me slow down and relax. A healthy lifestyle means a healthy heart. Sometimes, it’s hard to find the time and energy to take good care of yourself, but if you make the effort, you’ll feel better, look better, move better, and live longer too!
neteffx is here to support your business
Just as we’re committed to support heart health during American Heart Month, we’re committed to make technology easy for your organization.