February is National Heart Health Month

Give your heart a little TLC by celebrating National Heart Health Month. Each February, we raise awareness about heart health and urge residents to lower their risk for developing heart disease by making healthy changes. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. In Prince George’s County, heart disease is the leading cause of death and accounts for about one-fourth of all deaths.

Throughout February enjoy a variety of FREE virtual healthy cooking demonstrations and in-person fitness activities.

Fuel Up for Your Heart Cooking Demonstration
Wednesday, February 1, 6-7 pm
Explore a new way to eat canned tuna! During this session, you will learn how to make tuna cakes and quinoa. Not only are these recipes delicious, but they are also packed with heart-healthy and brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE 
Register Here!

Family Zumba®
Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10-11 am
Dance your way into fitness with a Family Zumba® class! This class brings together all members of your family for fun and easy-to-follow dance moves to upbeat music! Level: All. Ages 6 & up
Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located on the basketball court)
1770 Tucker Road
Fort Washington, 20744
Register Here!

I Heart Skate
Saturdays, February 4 & 18, 2-4 pm*
Grab your skates and join us on the ice for some physical activity that is sure to warm your heart! Wear red to receive one FREE open skate session general admission and skate rental .*Promotion subject to designated time restrictions. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No registration required.
Herbert Wells Ice Rink
5211 Campus Drive
College Park 20740

Swing Fore! Your Heart
Saturdays, February 4 & 18, 2-4 pm*
Grab your clubs and your best swing and join us on the green for some physical activity that is sure to get your heart pumping! Wear red to receive one FREE small bucket of balls. *Promotion is subject to designated time restrictions. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No registration required.
Paint Branch Golf Course 
4690 University Boulevard 
College Park 20740
Register Here!

I Heart Skate
Saturdays, February 11 & 25, 1-2:45 pm* 
Grab your skates and join us on the ice for some physical activity that is sure to warm your heart! Wear red to receive one FREE open skate session general admission and skate rental. *Promotion is subject to designated time restrictions. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No registration required.
Tucker Road Ice Rink
1770 Tucker Road
Fort Washington 20744

Heart-Healthy Perfect Pairings Cooking Demonstration
Wednesday, February 15, 6-7 pm
Discover how to make a vegan alternative to the classic tuna sandwich paired with a colorful vegetable soup. These flavorsome, plant-based recipes are packed with heart-healthy nutrition. Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE 
Register Here!

Hoops for Hearts: Basketball Skills Challenge (Indoor basketball courts)
Saturday, February 25, 12-2 pm
The court is in session! Come out and enjoy this action-packed experience. Hit the court to dribble through cones, make free throws, jump shots, and score as many points as you can within 60 seconds. Revive your love for the sport in a safe and exciting environment. Enroll now to build endurance, maintain wellness, and ‘keep balling’! Registration Required. Ages 6-14. FREE
Seat Pleasant Community Center
5720 Addison Rd 20743
Register Here!

Additional Information

For current Health and Wellness offerings, please click here. For more information, please visit wellness.pgparks.com or contact us at wellness@pgparks.com.

ADA Accommodations

The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability.

Upcoming Events can be viewed on the Health & Wellness Calendar

To lower your risk, follow these simple tips

  • Watch your weight
  • Get active and eat healthy
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation

For more information about National Heart Health Month, visit https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/heart-month.

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