Make sure you have a healthy heart

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February is American Heart Month, and even if you don’t make it to a Zumba class or “fit-cation,” there’s always an opportunity to recharge and reset your fitness routine and diet regimen.

A three-day weekend “fit-cation” – dubbed “Fit Jam Weekend – is planned at the Westin Waterway Hotel in the Woodlands Feb. 22-24.

“As a fitness enthusiast committed to empowering lives through health and fitness, I understand the positive impact that exercise has on the heart and one’s overall well-being.” said Dominique Jones, Fit Jam Founder. “Fit Jam Weekend is a unique way to get people moving and motivated to continue with a workout routine that feels more like fun and less like hard work.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the event’s registration fees will go to the American Heart Association.

Viceca Martinez, deputy associate director of family and social services for Texas Health and Human Services, pointed out that heart disease and stroke are among the top three killers of Texas adults.

“Texas women are caring and hard-working, often putting themselves aside for their loved ones,” Martinez said. “While generous, it means many of them end up neglecting their health, and that can have serious consequences for themselves and their families. This is especially true when it comes to heart health. High blood pressure or hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and strokes. According to the United Health Foundation, about 28 percent of women in Texas have high blood pressure. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for all Texans, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Maintaining a healthy heart is critical to a woman’s overall health, as well as a key contributor to healthy pregnancies and births, Martinez added, noting that women should make time for annual check-ups and blood pressure screenings.

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