WIN Notes Update: February

WIN Notes Update*

February 2014

February is American Heart Month

Promote heart health with these resources

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the top cause of death in the United States. People can make changes in their lives—including healthier eating and more physical activity—that may lower some of the risk factors for heart disease, like high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol). If you would like to spread the word about heart health, these resources may help:

  •’s American Heart Month Toolkit. This toolkit features an overview of heart disease and ways to prevent it. Use its newsletter content, Twitter updates, and other tools to promote heart health where you live or work.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s American Heart Month Webpage. This page lays out the basics of heart disease, suggests steps to prevent it, and offers links for more information.
  • The Heart Truth, a program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, this campaign aims to raise women’s awareness of heart disease and ways to prevent it. Visit The Heart Truth’s website for tips on preventing heart disease and tools you can use to get the word out.

For related information from WIN, see Do you Know Some of the Health Risks of Being Overweight? at

Get active this month with a friend

family walking

Is it hard to get moving? Does working out seem boring or like a chore? Make it social. Involve your family and friends in physical activity to have fun, spend quality time together, and stay on track. Here are some ideas:

  • Meet a friend for workouts or to train together for a charity event. Join a class or sports league where people count on you to show up.

  • No matter what age your kids are, find an activity you can do together. Dance to music, take a walk, run around the park, or play basketball or soccer.

Find more ideas for moving more and building habits of physical activity in WIN’s Tips to Help You Get Active. This recently updated brochure includes tools to help you pinpoint and overcome roadblocks to being more physically active. It also has tools you can use to track your progress and ideas for staying safe while being active. View and download a copy at, or contact WIN at 1–877–946–4627 to order printed copies.

Watch for the next issue of the WIN Notes Update for . . .

 . . . ways to mark National Kidney Month in March.


Connect with WIN

“Like” WIN on Facebook to see ideas and links to content to help you get  and stay active and be a role model for those around you.


Are you a health champion? Use WIN’s online resources to spread the word


HC collage

WIN has released new online resources you can use on your website or social media outlets to inspire others to move more and eat better. We invite you to download and use the flyer, articles, e-card, and updates for Facebook and Twitter. Access them here: