In honor of Cardiac Rehab Week (Feb. 14-20) and as a show of support for cardiac rehabs all over the nation, we’re holding a special contest. But before we get into the details of the contest, we want to talk about why we’re doing this.
We get it: statistics can be a bit mind numbing. They connect with your head, but rarely with your heart. But there’s always a story behind the numbers. To be frank, the numbers surrounding heart disease are staggering:
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing over 375,000 people a year.
Let that sink in for a moment: it’s the number one cause of death in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of lives are lost every year to heart-related diseases. Hundreds of thousands of families are left without a mother, father, brother, sister, son, or daughter.
NATIONAL CARDIAC REHAB WEEK
Thankfully, this is not the whole story. Thankfully, there are many compassionate and knowledgable health care professionals working in cardiac rehabilitation facilities all over the nation who are dedicated to reducing the devastating effects of heart disease. That’s why we’re proudly celebrating National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week as a part of American Heart Month.
Originally initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), this week focuses national attention on cardiac rehabilitation’s contribution to the improvement of the health and physical performance of individuals at risk for heart disease and/or those individuals diagnosed with heart disease or dysfunction.
LSI CARDIAC REHAB WEEK CONTEST
To participate in our Cardiac Rehab Week Contest, simply email your story and pictures of how you celebrated Cardiac Rehab Week with your staff and patients to Marissa at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 6. If your entry is chosen as the winner, one of your staff members will receive a free 2016-2017 AACVPR Membership and your story will be featured in our next newsletter.
For more information and creative ideas for how to celebrate, visit the Cardiac Rehab Week page on AACVPR’s website.