February is American Heart Awareness Month — a time when our nation comes together to prevent and reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Efforts range from very local initiatives — including the Heart Ball in Rochester that took place earlier this month (more on one of the event’s Little Heart Heroes here) — to health-focused meetings among great minds in our nation’s capital. The White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health, set for this Friday, Feb. 24, will bring leaders in the health care community together to talk about cardiovascular disease — the leading cause of death in the United States.
Dr. Stephen Cook, assistant professor of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, was among the 70 health-health advocates attending the White House conference. There, members of the country’s leading heart and stroke groups will meet with White House Administration officials. They’ll have the opportunity to hear about legislation, regulations and initiatives the Administration has supported and is implementing to help improve cardiovascular health. Attendees will also have a chance to share their own experiences and ask questions.
To learn more about recent projects Dr. Cook has been involved in to help reduce the incidence of obesity in our local community and across the nation:
- Watch Dr. Cook as a guest panelist on WXXI’s “Second Opinion,” in which he speaks about sugar and its health implications.
- Read about the Greater Rochester Obesity Collaborative, which has been selected as a national model for obesity prevention and treatment.
- Note that Dr. Cook was named Science Advocate of the Year by the American Heart Association in 2011.
- Learn about two studies Dr. Cook was involved in, which point out some alarming trends in childhood obesity. Watch the corresponding videos, in which Dr. Cook explains why it’s important to know that many parents don’t realize their children are obese and how obesity has become more prevalent over the past 30 years.
- Read more on Dr. Cook’s finding that the city child obesity rate in Monroe County is nearly double the suburban rate.
Stay tuned with updates on the White House event, as the day unfolds, by:
- Viewing the Flickr page – www.flickr.com/AmHeartAdvocacy
- Joining in on Facebook – www.facebook.com/YouretheCure
- Following on Twitter – www.twitter.com/AmHeartAdvocacy
- Watching on YouTube – www.youtube.com/AmHeartAdvocacy
What do you think are the biggest challenges to curbing the incidence of heart disease and stroke in America?