In celebration of American Heart Month this February, the Forest County Health Department, in collaboration with community partners is offering activities to increase awareness of high blood pressure, which is often times referred to as the “silent killer.” Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or less. Nearly half of the American population over age 20 has high blood pressure and many do not even know it. You may not feel that anything is wrong, but high blood pressure could be quietly causing damage that could threaten your health. Certain risk factors for high blood pressure cannot be controlled, such as, family history, race/ethnicity, age and gender. The good news is that you can do some things to improve your blood pressure. Don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke, reach and maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet that is low in saturated and trans fats and rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products, reduce your daily intake of sodium, be more physically active, limit alcohol intake.
High blood pressure can lead to stroke, vision loss, heart failure, heart attack, kidney disease, and sexual dysfunction. The best prevention is knowing your numbers and making changes to prevent and manage high blood pressure. For more information please go to the American Heart Association website http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
The Forest County Health Department has created a month long challenge to help you increase your physical activity. The goal of the challenge will be to get 150 minutes of physical activity per week. This might sound like a lot if you haven’t been active this winter but you can start small with 10 or 15 minutes and work your way up. If you are looking for a place to walk, try your local school. All of them allow the public to walk inside during certain hours- you will need to sign a waiver and check into the hours. You could also try walking on your lunch break or walking in place at home. You can find the tracking calendar at our office, on our website or Facebook page.
There are several scheduled events this month to help you reach your goals and provide you with more information.
Holli from the health department will be visiting each Senior Meal Site this month to offer blood pressure screenings and information. February 6th 11 am at the Wabeno Town Hall, February 12th 11 am at the Laona Town Hall, February 13th 11am at the Crandon Community Building, February 20th 10:30 am at Armstrong Creek Community Building, and February 22nd 12 pm at the Alvin Town Hall. You can also walk in to the health department Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5 pm to have your blood pressure checked.
February 5th – Walk with Ease class and registration at 10 am at the courthouse.
February 10th 8am to 8 pm – Raise the Bar Fitness Center in Crandon Open House.
February 21st 6 pm- The Crandon Pickleball Club will be offering a Pickleball demo at the Crandon Elementary.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7 pm at the Laona School there is Free Zumba class with C.J. Sorenson.
Click here for a printable version of the Activity Calendar