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Question #3: 
How Can I Protect My Heart?
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. There are several things women and men alike can do to lower the risks for heart disease.

One major preventative measure is reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. Not only is it important for your overall health, but it can help you prevent or control many diseases and conditions including heart disease. About ⅔ of all adults in the United States are overweight. Being physically active, eating a healthy diet, and controlling your portions are all ways to help maintain or reach a healthy weight.

People who are inactive are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are active. Therefore, being physically active at least 2 hours and 30 minutes a week can help reduce your risk. This can also help reduce your chances of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
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4-H Youth Development

4-H is a youth organization committed to building citizen leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today's global society. 4-H provides pathways for youth to view learning as relevant to the world around them, to connect with their communities, and to become intentionally concerned and contributing citizens of their communities.


North Carolina's agricultural industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state's economy. In Currituck, agriculture has a $50 million impact to the local economy. Agriculture programs educate farmers and homeowners to ensure farm sustainability, environmental stewardship and worker health.

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences programs improve the well-being of the family through programs that educate, influence public policy, and help Currituck County families put research-based knowledge to work in their lives. FCS programs focus on nutrition, health, food safety, food preservation and local foods systems.