McBrayer talks to students about heart health


Crystal McBrayer, community and occupational health coordinator for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, came to speak to New Albany Elementary School students about heart health. He displayed a hog heart and cow hearts for students to touch. Third graders Haley Rogers, 8, and Eric Cannon, 9, touched the hearts.

By Angie Barmer

 This February marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month, according to the American Heart Association.

The designation is aimed at increasing awareness that heart disease is the nation’s number one killer, claiming more lives than an all forms of cancer combined.

According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac events could have been prevented with better health choices, 30 minutes of cardio per day can help reduce your risk of heart disease, and 64 percent of women die suddenly of coronary heart disease with no previous symptoms.

Crystal McBrayer, community occupational health coordinator with Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, came out to New Albany Elementary School and Union County Schools to speak to third graders about heart health.

“We need to teach our children early on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, such as, including physical activity in your daily routine, eat more of the good foods – fruits, vegetables and whole grains and less of the bad – foods that are high in sodium, trans or saturated fats which will increase their risk of heart disease,” said McBrayer. “Tobacco use will also increase their risk of heart disease. Adults need to be aware of their family history of heart disease as well and talk with their healthcare provider on the findings.”

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