Million Hearts was created to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017. Million Hearts provides health screenings for community members and education on how to reduce the risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. This program is ideal for those with high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease and their loved ones.
Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the country. Million Hearts® is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time.
The Million Hearts® curriculum, offered by Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, assists individuals in understanding how to reduce their cardiovascular risk factors and make healthy behavior changes through a series of three hands-on classes.
The goals of this program are to:
- Prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce risks within communities across the state of Ohio
- Increase screenings for cardiovascular disease
- Provide educational information on reducing cardiovascular risk and preventative
- lifestyle modifications
- Provide referrals to health care providers
Million Hearts provides the ABCSs of Heart Health to help individuals make positive lifestyle changes. This program is made possible through a partnership with the OSU College of Nursing.