This February, as we observe American Heart Month, we raise awareness not only of the need to promote heart health but also to prioritize overall health.
Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are all risk factors that can contribute to heart disease. Additionally, lifestyle choices like an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of heart disease.
One of the many responsibilities of local government is to protect the well-being of its residents, so we at Precinct 4 want to help empower you to take care of your health. Because we know it can be a challenge to access quality healthcare, reliable transportation, or the resources to talk to a doctor online, we are working hard to bring healthcare to you.
Our 10 community centers, 55 parks, and almost 100 miles of trails are open to everyone. Whether you are interested in yoga, dancing, ping-pong, or Zumba, our community centers have activities for every age. We invite you to visit them, bring your families, and get active.
Bayland Community Center in Sharpstown will soon have a Neighborhood Connections Hub, which will allow residents to easily access health resources. As part of this hub, we are working on adding a virtual health site so residents can easily, and privately, visit with their doctors online.
The American Heart Association donated two CPR training kits to Precinct 4’s Mary Jo Peckham Aquatic and Fitness Center. We will be using these to train not only our staff in CPR but also residents who want to learn this lifesaving skill. I invite you to stay up to date with our programming both on our website and social media to learn more about upcoming classes.
Lastly, Harris County Public Health offers free and low-cost routine healthcare exams, which include blood pressure monitoring, cholesterol tests, diabetes screenings, and much more. HCPH also provides comprehensive lists of Houston-area clinics and offices that can assist with a variety of health needs from heart health to mental health.
We must continue working toward a future where everyone—irrespective of their race, ethnicity, or gender—has access to high quality opportunities and resources like healthcare. Together, we can address systemic inequities that have historically marginalized communities.
Your health and the health of your families is a top priority. I encourage you to take advantage of these incredible services, and I hope that together we can continue improving the well-being of our community.
All my best,