Make a difference in your community by spreading the word during Heart Health Month, and encouraging others to commit to heart-healthy lives.
February is Heart Health Month, and there are plenty of ways you can make a difference in your community to reduce the risk factors for heart disease.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It can occur at any age, but the risk of stroke doubles with each decade after the age of 55.
There are many ways you can reduce the risk factors for heart disease.
Make heart-healthy choices by getting active with a physical activity. If you would benefit from lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol, the American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of aerobic exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity three to four times a week.
Heritage Woods of Yorkville offers a wide variety of physical activities as well as an exercise room and a range of varied programs and events to keep you moving!
Fill your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and fiber-rich whole grains. Avoid saturated fat, sodium, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. If you eat red meat, select the leanest cuts available. Healthy meal and snack options are good ways to prevent heart disease and maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of heart disease.
Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke. Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a heart attach as non-smokers. No matter your age, quitting will help you.
Get regular check-ups by your physician to manage your health and monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. Follow your doctor’s prescription instructions.
Caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the key to preventing heart disease.