posted by AHIP
on February 1, 2018
February and hearts go hand-in-hand. It’s fitting that February also is American Heart Month, an occasion to raise awareness of heart disease and renew or strengthen a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. With cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death in the United States—accounting for one in every four deaths each year—making small changes can lead to a lifetime of heart health.
Health insurance providers do their part to fight heart disease by educating people in their communities and championing preventive measures. Health insurance providers like Unity Health offer valuable resources such as health risk assessments and health coaching programs to promote healthy lifestyles for their members.
New York native Dona Wildove recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy heart, and doing so in a way that still allows her to see the world. Wildove gets her coverage from a Medicare Advantage health plan and is a member of AHIP’s Coalition for Medicare Choices.
“One of my favorite things to do is travel. I want to experience as much of the world as possible, and if my heart isn’t healthy, I’m extremely limited,” Wildove said.
Small lifestyle changes can make all of the difference in maintaining a healthy heart. These changes include everything from increasing the healthy foods you eat to adding exercises to your daily routines. Aside from being an avid traveler, Wildove teaches a SilverSneakers class—a program that encourages older adults to get physically active—in part to maintain her own exercise, but to also help strengthen the healthy lifestyle of the people around her.
“I love teaching SilverSneakers classes and seeing how much of an impact it makes on everyone who participates. SilverSneakers and CrossFit are also fun ways of staying strong and keeping my heart healthy,” Wildove said.
To learn more about how Medicare Advantage health plans help members like Wildove stay heart healthy, visit MedicareChoices.org.