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 classes.

Beans For Your Heart: Hearty Chili and Chips & Three Bean Salad Cooking Demonstration
Wednesday, February 2, 6-7 pm
Discover ways to add more fiber in your diet and reduce cholesterol levels with these hearty bean recipes in this interactive virtual cooking demonstration. 
Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE. 
Register Here!

Healthy Seafood Feast: Pan Seared Tuna & Sautéed Cabbage Cooking Demonstration
Wednesday, February 16, 6-7 pm
Explore the fun in making a healthy seafood recipe that is sure to help reduce cholesterol and give you the healthy fats your body needs in this interactive virtual cooking demonstration. 
Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE. 
Register Here!

Boot Camp
Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 9-10 am
Join us for a workout that strengthens your muscles and improves your heart health! Class includes a combination of bodyweight, strength, and cardio exercises to provide a challenging and rewarding workout experience. 
Level: Intermediate. Registration required. Ages 13 & up. FREE.
Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located in parking lot): 1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744 
Register Here!

I Heart Skate
Saturdays, February 5 & 19, 1-3 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. All ages welcome; children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
No registration required.
Herbert Wells Ice Rink: 5211 Campus Drive, College Park 20740

I Heart Skate
Saturdays, February 12 & 26, 1-3 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. All ages welcome; children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
No registration required.
Tucker Road Ice Rink: 1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744

Swing Fore! Your Heart
Saturdays, February 19 & 26, 12 noon-2 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 subject to designated time restrictions. All ages welcome; children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
No registration required.
Paint Branch Golf Course: 4690 University Boulevard, College Park 20740

Hoops for Hearts: Basketball Skills Challenge (Indoor basketball courts)
Saturday, February 26, 5-6 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 to ‘keep balling’! 
Registration Required. Ages 6-14. FREE.
South Bowie Community Center: 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie 20716 
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.

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.

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. TTY (Text Telephone) for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability 301-699-2544.

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