2020 American Heart Month

Health and Wellness

# Our Hearts are Healthier Together

February is American Heart Month (AHM) - a great opportunity to spread the love with some hearty advice for your participants!

Among American women, heart disease is the leading cause of death; stroke is the third leading cause. Risk factors that can be controlled include lifestyle behaviors, such as eating habits, physical activity, and smoking. Promoting women's health is an integral part of WIC's mission, and providing nutrition education, along with healthy foods in the WIC food packages, helps to achieve that mission.

In honor of AHM, NIH offers a toolkit that provides outreach, informational and educational materials on this topic, including social media resources and fact sheets, such as Move More and 28 Days Towards a Healthy Heart, as well as State-based coronary heart disease info cards.

In addition, there are a number of other year-round resources to help educate your participants on heart healthy behaviors. Choose MyPlate offers several resources to help educate on eating healthy, including:

  • MyPlate Plan that is personalized, based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level
  • MyPlate MyWins that helps you create your own, personalized healthy eating goals and solutions through choices that support your culture and preferences
  • MyPlate Kitchen! where you can search hundreds of recipes based on cost, cuisine, course, cooking equipment, food groups and nutrition focus, build cookbooks, find videos and recipe resources  
  • Healthy Eating on a Budget which provides information on meal planning, grocery store visits and how to better understand nutrition labels and price tags

Team Nutrition offers resources to help kids and families stay active, such as:

And you can help WIC moms identify other lifestyle behaviors they can make to improve their heart health by reviewing these topics from the Office on Women’s Health (available in Spanish):

On the WIC Works Resource System, you’ll find additional information, educational resources, handouts and more related to heart-healthy behaviors, such as:

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Developed by: HHS, CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
HHS, NIH, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
HHS, Office on Women's Health
USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
USDA, FNS, Team Nutrition
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