Longfellow Elementary School last week hosted about 150 people to learn about heart health and help the local food pantry at People's Resource Center during the first week of American Heart Month.
The students and their families participated in a Heart Adventure Course, where students become blood and travel through the body and heart on scooters to learn the functions of the heart.
Students also studied food labels to learn about healthy foods, using products they collected to donate to the PRC. So far, they have collected 516 pounds of food to donate, Longfellow P.E. teacher Barb Williams said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, it's preventable.
Here are a few tips for heart disease prevention from CDC:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Monitor your blood pressure
- Don't smoke
- Limit alcohol use
- Check cholesterol
- Manage diabetes
- Take medicine
For more information on hearth health and heart disease prevention, go to the CDC website.