50th Anniversary Of American Heart Month


2By Gwen Guerke

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of American Heart Month, Milford High School students had an opportunity to learn more about heart health during their lunch break.

The school’s Wellness Center partnered with an ongoing anti-bullying campaign, Students for a Million Acts of Kindness, and set up an interactive informational station, Be Kind to Your Heart, set up in the school lobby just outside the cafeteria. The display and materials were accessible to all students through the school’s four lunch periods.

On their way back to classes, Raven McBroom and Paige Lee, two students, paused to learn more about the colorful displays and to participate by writing one of their own heart-healthy habits on a construction paper heart. The paper hearts became part of the exhibit.

Julie Layton, the school’s Wellness Center coordinator, said the program was held in conjunction with February’s designation as heart awareness month. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women is one of many activities taking place in February to increase awareness of heart disease.

“The focus is on the prevention piece,” said Ms. Layton, noting that many students were aware of family members dealing with heart disease. “We’re trying to teach heart health throughout a lifetime. This is an educational opportunity,”

The exhibit provided informational pamphlets and tape measures provided by Bayhealth. The Million Hearts tape measures symbolize a campaign launched in 2011 to prevent 1 million strokes and heart attacks by 2017.

Throughout the school year, the high school’s Wellness Center also sponsors other health and safety awareness campaigns including Go Pink in October and Prom Promise in the spring.