Fall In Love With Your Heart This Month
February 2019 — Heart Health Awareness Month
February is the month of love. It’s the month where we appreciate our partners and cherish our friendships. February is also known as Heart Health Awareness Month. Coincidence? I think not!
This year, I implore you to spend some time to love and appreciate the blood-pumping organ inside your chest. Did you know that your heart pumps 2000 gallons of blood around your body every day? If that doesn’t deserve some love, I don’t know what does.
The statistics of heart disease in the US are—beyond a shadow of doubt—alarming. Every year around 610.000* people die as a result of a stroke, cardiac arrest, or heart attack—making heart disease the leading cause of death.
Research has shown that although you cannot control everything, there are ways to minimize the risk of heart disease. The most important factor in decreasing your risk is your lifestyle.
So, what can you do to improve?
Food is important, because…
- Food high in saturated fat, such as bacon and cheese, may contribute to high cholesterol levels and a buildup of plaques in your arteries.
- A diet mostly composed of processed foods is high in sugar, fat, and sodium. It may increase your risk of obesity and heart disease.
Take-home message: Eat green!
- Healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive. Try frozen fruit and vegetables instead of fresh; buy dried beans from the bulk store as a protein source, and eat a hearty breakfast of oatmeal.
- Add veggies and fruit to your meals. Instead of taking away, try to add food such as carrots, sugar snaps, bell pepper to diet. Snack on apple slices dipped in peanut butter, for example.
- Learn to read the food nutrition labels. Understanding the labels on your packaged food will help you to avoid food high in (added) fat, sugar, and sodium.
Stress is important, because…
- Excessive stress may contribute to high blood pressure.
- Stress may indirectly lead to unhealthy behaviors, such as inactivity, overeating, and smoking.
Take-home message: Manage stress!
- Spend time in nature. Or go outside for a walk around the block.
- Do something artistic. Play a musical instrument, draw, color, paint, or write.
- Meet up with a friend or spend time with your family. Having a laugh drives away the stress!
Exercise is important, because…
- A sedentary lifestyle may lead to an unhealthy weight. This increases the risk of heart disease.
- Your heart is a muscle and needs regular physical activity to stay strong.
Take-home message: Move around!
- Walk! It’s the easiest way to become active. Research shows that walking 20 to 30 minutes a day already helps to decrease your risk of heart disease.
- For long-term success, find a workout that you enjoy; make it a part of your daily routine; and round up a buddy.
- Stay active at work. Walk to a colleague instead of emailing. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Stand or walk during a meeting instead of sitting down.
Fall in love with your blood pressure!
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