Jamestown YMCAs Promote American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through healthy living, the Jamestown Area YMCAs urge everyone in Chautauqua County to take steps to prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, so they can lead longer, healthier lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is responsible for one in four deaths each year in the United States. To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Y made a commitment to the Million Hearts campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years.

The root causes of many chronic diseases are unhealthy behaviors such as physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and tobacco use. With a presence into more than 10,000 communities across the nation, the Y has the ability to address the root causes of chronic disease at both the individual and community level and improve health and well-being.

The Y offers community-based healthy living and chronic disease prevention initiatives that support people in changing their lifestyles, encourage organizations and communities to adopt behaviors that promote healthy living, and promote the public’s health through advocacy.

The Jamestown YMCAs encourages heart health with a no joining fee promotion until the end of February, free fitness orientations, free group exercise classes such as water fitness, indoor cycling, and Zumba, a free ActivTrax Web-based wellness program, sports leagues for the entire family, baby-sitting and other programs.

The Jamestown Area YMCA, a United Way agency, offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all individuals in meeting their health and well-being goals. Learn more by visiting jamestownymca.org or stopping into the local Y.