February is Heart Health Month and a central Illinois non-profit is providing tips for caregivers and their heart health.
Caregivers often overlook their health in pursuit of caring for those around them but on the WHOW Morning Show Wednesday, Rebecca Wheat told Regional Radio they are trying to promote heart health during this Heart Health Month for caregivers.
According to Wheat, caregivers tend to have at least two chronic illnesses they deal with. She reminds of the golden rule of caregiving - one must take care of oneself before one can care for others.
The American Heart Association has some tips for caregivers to help with better heart health and Wheat indicates one of the top priorities is a hearth healthy diet and they are welcoming a University of Illinois Extension nutrition educator to talk with caregivers about ways to maintain a better diet.
Caregivers need to prioritize physical activity and Wheat says there are many options locally that have opportunities for caregivers to benefit from. She says for many of the American Heart Association's recommendations, there are local resources available for caregivers.
There are a lot of opportunities also through Community Care Systems. Contact Wheat for more details on her classes and other informative health offerings by calling 309-445-7098.
Community Care Systems also has an office at the DeWitt Manor high-rise in Clinton at 520 East Main Street.