Monday, March 24, 2014

Every Other American Has Risk Factors for this Disease


Heart Disease is still the number one disease in the United States. 49% of us have at least one risk factor associated with the disease:
  • high blood cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • smoking
  • excess weight
  • diabetes
  • physical inactivity
February was national heart health month, and March is national nutrition month. The right food is a crucial factor in maintaining a healthy heart and reducing the risk of getting a heart attack. It may seem a bit overwhelming to change years of bad habits, but nobody says you have to make all these changes all at once.
Here are a few small steps to a healthier you:
  • add one vegetable a day to your meals
  • use half a teaspoon less of sugar to sweeten your coffee / tea
  • cook one more meal at home this week compared to last week (eat out less)
  • Change your sandwich bread from white to whole grain
  • take a 30 minute walk every day. You can break it down to 10 minutes, 3 times a day
  • Swap your OJ, and eat a piece of real fruit
  • Stop smoking (OK, this is not a small step, but nonetheless, try reducing the daily cigarette count)
  • Share your desert with a friend
  • Read the nutrition label and ingredient lists of products you are buying
What steps are you taking to improve your heart health?

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