Talbot County Recognizes February as American Heart Month

02/13/2024

Category: Emergency Services

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County Employees wear red on National Wear Red Day.

County Employees wear red on National Wear Red Day.

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Emergency Services Paramedic explains basics of CPR.

Emergency Services Paramedic explains basics of CPR.

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Residents learn techniques of CPR in a previous training.

Residents learn techniques of CPR in a previous training.

Talbot County recognizes February 2024 as American Heart Month. The County encourages all residents to support initiatives toward a healthier lifestyle and healthy hearts, and to receive lifesaving CPR training.

The month of public awareness kicked off on the first Friday of February with National Wear Red Day. Employees across different offices wore red to share support for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative.

National Wear Red Day specifically raises awareness and support for the fight against heart disease – the No. 1 killer of women, the cause of 1 in 3 deaths.

During their meeting on February 13, 2024, the Council will highlight the importance of this issue with a proclamation presented to the Talbot County Department of Emergency Services, in partnership with Talbot County Paramedic Foundation, the Talbot County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services, Talbot County Health Department and University of Maryland Medical System Shore Regional Health for their coordinated approach to addressing cardiac care through public education and state-of-the-art lifesaving services.

“Heart disease, which includes heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, is the leading cause of death of an estimated 695,000 Americans each year, affecting both men and women of all economic and ethnic backgrounds,” read the proclamation. “Therefore, we, the County Council of Talbot County… urge all citizens to support the American Heart Association’s initiatives toward healthier lifestyles and increased physical activity, and to receive lifesaving CPR training as an investment in our community and its residents to help eradicate the risk of this deadly disease, both for today and for the future.”

Throughout the month, the County’s social media channels will also raise awareness about the issue with a campaign titled “Talbot Hearts”.

The campaign will highlight tips on healthy hearts, including the importance of regular physical activity, eating healthily, controlling blood sugar and blood pressure, getting regular checkups, and finding ways to relax.

Residents, organizations, and businesses are encouraged to share the messages, or post their own heart- related content using the hashtag #TalbotHearts and #HeartMonth.

“Public Safety is the #1 priority in our community – and includes more than emergency response to health-related incidents. Prevention, awareness and education are key factors in successful outcomes” said Tina Kintop, Division Chief, EMS of Talbot County Department of Emergency Services. “Promoting American Heart Month can encourage residents to think about their own heart health and consider becoming CPR trained.”

The promotion of American Heart Month will wrap-up with the Department of Emergency Service’s annual community event, the CPR Marathon.

The free event will take place at the Talbot County Community Center on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, starting at 9:00 a.m. and is open to the public. Registration for the event is requested. For more information about the event, contact Rachael Cox at rcox@talbotdes.org or visit https://talbotdes.org/cpr.asp.

In partnership with University of Maryland Medical System Shore Regional Health, Talbot Paramedic Foundation, The Star Democrat, Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, 96.7 WCEI, and Talbot County Parks and Recreation, the CPR Marathon invites residents to learn how to save a life by learning CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from health professionals.

For more information on American Heart Month and additional tips on being heart healthy, visit millionhearts.hhs.gov or heart.org, or follow Talbot County Government and Talbot County Department of Emergency Services on Facebook.

 

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