Take Control of Your Heart Health This Month
In a month that’s all about hearts, Wake County community services staff join the American Heart Association in putting the focus on preventing heart disease. Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women, but it can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.
Here are a few highlights of upcoming events you and your family may enjoy. All events are free.
Trail Walk at the American Tobacco Trail
Meet staff at the American Tobacco Trail’s New Hill entrance and enjoy a trail walk featuring heart health facts and details of the trail’s natural surroundings. The walk takes place 3-4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10. The New Hill trail entrance is at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex.
Blood Pressure and Hands-Only CPR Community Day
Get your blood pressure checked, learn the warning signs of a heart attack, and learn how to perform hands-only CPR. Get tips on how to prevent heart disease and sample healthy snack options. This event takes place at three Wake County EMS locations Wednesday, Feb. 15: EMS Station 1 at 331 S. McDowell Street (noon-2 p.m.), EMS Station 12 at 10000 Durant Road (2:30-4 p.m.), and EMS Station 5 at 4704 Hargrove Road (4:30-6:30 p.m.).
Trail Walk at Blue Jay Point County Park, Azalea Loop Trail
If you miss the walk Feb. 10, you'll get another chance Feb. 20! This walk takes place at Blue Jay Point Park in Raleigh and will also feature information on heart health and the calming effects of nature. The walk takes place 3-4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20. The park is at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.
“Feel The Beat” Fitness Night at Chavis Community Center
Participate in cardio-focused exercises including Zumba, line dancing, boot camp and kick boxing. Interactive educational displays will help participants learn ways to reduce their risk of heart disease. This event takes place 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, and is held in partnership with Southeast Raleigh Assembly. The community center is part of the John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Raleigh.
Visit the Wake County Human Resources website to learn more about these activities and other resources available to manage heart health.