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Posted on: February 5, 2024

Castle Rock first responders offer tips for American Heart Month

Castle Rock first responders make hearts with their hands while standing in front of the Rock.

Heart healthy! In honor of American Heart Month, the Castle Rock Police Department and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue offer some helpful reminders to keep your heart happy this February and beyond.

“There are many stresses that come with the firefighting and policing professions,” said Castle Rock Police Commander Sam Varela. “As first responders, it’s imperative we do all we can to take care of our hearts to help us manage the physical and mental stresses our team members encounter every day.” 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Despite this, there are several preventative measures that can help reduce your risk of heart disease. See some of CRPD and CRFD’s favorites from the NIH below:

  • Stay active – Moving is one of the easiest ways you can lower your risk of heart disease. Whether a brisk walk, cardio session or lifting weights, the NIH recommends adults have at least 150 minutes of activity per week.
  • Mental fitness – Stress management and self-care can promote heart health. Castle Rock’s first responders partake in yoga to help lower stress, but other relaxation techniques can also help.
  • What’s cooking – Fuel your body with the right foods. A heart-healthy diet includes one that is low in saturated fats to help keep cholesterol at a healthy level.
  • Sweet dreams – The NIH recommends getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. 

Watch this video to see how Castle Rock first responders stay heart-healthy.

American Heart Month is recognized every February. For more heart-healthy tips from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, please visit  

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