(Via Ho’okele News)
Alexandra Stivers, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class and Francis Paul Balisi, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class answer questions from exchange patrons during the Naval Health Clinic Hawaii Healthy Heart Fair and Great American Spit-Out Awareness Day event on Feb. 20 at the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange.
Story and photo by Brandon Bosworth
Naval Health Clinic Hawaii held a Healthy Heart Fair and Great American Spit-Out Awareness Day event on Feb. 20 at the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange mall rotunda.
The event featured blood pressure screening, healthy eating tips, and information about cholesterol management. There were a variety of displays, including models of lungs and mouths that had become diseased through tobacco.
“We’re trying to promote the Great American Spit-Out and encourage people to stop tobacco use for just one day,” said Eleanor Bru, a registered nurse with Naval Health Clinic Hawaii Health Promotion. “It’s a start.”
February is American Heart Month, and the Healthy Heart Fair and Great American Spit-Out Awareness Day emphasized how avoiding tobacco use is a part of good heart health.
“Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.,” Bru said. “Using tobacco is a risk factor. Reducing tobacco use helps to reduce the risk of heart disease.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. Heart disease accounts for one out of every four deaths in the U.S.
Cigarette smokers are two to four times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than non-smokers, and nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their heart disease risk by 25 to 30 percent.
For more information about the Great American Spit-Out and tobacco cessation, visit the Department of Defense website http://www.ucanquit2.org.