Join the Million Hearts™ Caregiver Video Contest

J Kate
By J Kate Latest Reply 2012-07-25 10:59:47 -0500
Started 2012-07-25 10:59:47 -0500

Caregivers— family members, friends, and others who support survivors of heart attacks and strokes—create and enter a video into the Million Hearts™ video contest.

Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States over the next 5 years. The initiative was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in September 2011, and it is led by the CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Together, we aim to prevent heart attacks and strokes and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

Heart disease and stroke (sometimes called a brain attack) are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Together they cause nearly 1 of every 3 deaths in the country. Americans suffer more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year, and every day, 2,200 people die from one of these conditions and other cardiovascular diseases. The good news is that many of the major modifiable risk factors—high blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and obesity—can be prevented and controlled, and Million Hearts™ can help.
How You Can Help

In order to recognize individuals who work hard to provide care for their families and friends and give them a chance to share their stories, CDC and Million Hearts™ launches the “Million Hearts™ Caregiver Video Challenge” this week on July 16. The nation-wide contest is open for submissions until August 31. A caregiver is a family member, friend, or someone who provides care to a parent, child, friend, or other loved one. Caregivers play an important role in maintaining and improving the heart health of loved ones.

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