American Heart Month
Posted Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Did You Know? Up to 82% of heart disease is preventable
Keeping Your Lifestyle Heart-Healthy
One of Every Three Deaths in the U.S. is Caused by Heart Disease and Stroke
Heart disease includes a range of conditions that affect the heart, including coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, blood vessel diseases and congenital defects. It is the leading cause of preventable death in people 40-65 years of age. Due to the tremendous impact of heart disease, the American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month. Listed below are a few tips on how you can ensure that you are making heart-healthy decisions in all areas of life.
01 | Healthy Eating
Limiting saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars go a long way in supporting heart health. Equally important is including fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet.
02 | Physical Activity
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent and treat heart disease. Physical activity normalizes insulin and leptin levels, burns calories and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
03 | Weight Management
Making smart choices in eating habits and exercise help to balance the amount of calories we consume compared to the calories burned. Using a calorie counter or food diary app as well as tracking your exercise can help you stay motivated and watch your progress.
04 | Stress Management
Stress can increase blood pressure and contribute to health issues. Here are four simple techniques to help manage your stress:
- Positive Self-Talk: This will help you calm down and control stress. Use statements like “I can do this.”
- Emergency Stress Stoppers: When you encounter a stressful situation, methods like counting to ten, going for a walk or meditation can help.
- Finding Pleasure: Stress makes you feel bad. Do something that makes you feel good! Take up a hobby, read a book, take a nature walk—try to do something every day that you enjoy.
- Daily Relaxation: To relieve stress, breathing exercises, yoga, meditation and tai chi help calm the tension in your body.
05 | Workplace Health
Many employers are realizing the benefit of promoting a healthy lifestyle for their employees. Check with your HR representative to see what programs may be available to you – discounted fitness programs, onsite gyms, etc. In addition, keep your diet healthy at work and use your breaks for 15-minute walks.
06 | Supporting Awareness
There is much you can do to safeguard your own heart health and to promote awareness in your community. For more information, please visit: http://www.heart.org/