Recognizing American Heart Month

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D. is the director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is excited to work with the National Library of Medicine on NIH MedlinePlus magazine to highlight important research on physical activity and heart health.

The magazine’s cover star is DeMarcus Ware, a former National Football League player who has translated his passion for fitness off the field. In addition to lifting weights and working out in the gym, Ware gets moving with his two kids and has cut a rug in “Dancing with the Stars,” blending fitness with family time and fun. In this most recent issue, we share new research funded by NHLBI on how physical activity can do more than get you in shape.

Combined with a healthy diet, physical activity may help prevent future heart issues by improving your cholesterol and blood pressure and lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes. As we celebrate American Heart Month this February, it’s important to recognize how you don’t have to be an athlete to get moving and help your heart. Just 30 minutes of activity each day can go a long way to preventing heart-related diseases in the future.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans can provide more specific guidance for older Americans, kids, and teens. During American Heart Month, use #OurHearts on social media to show your community how committed you are to staying heart healthy. We wish you a happy and healthy start to 2021!

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D.
Director, NHLBI

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