February is American Heart Health Month. Heart disease affects both men and women in the United States but is also one of the most preventable. Many offices are wearing RED every Friday in February in recognition of this disease and we challenge you to join them!
In addition, here are some helpful tips to keep you proactive about reducing your risk of Heart Disease.
Keep it Fresh
Packaged and processed foods contain salt, saturated fats, and other harmful preservatives that can be detrimental to your heart health. You don’t have to go on the Whole 30 trend to make a conscious effort to eat fresh fruit, veggies, and meat. It may require a little more preparation, but the reward is greater.
Get your Blood Pumping
Instead of spending 30 minutes watching a TV show, use that time to get in your exercise. Take a nice walk, sign up for a yoga or barre class, lift weights or chase your toddler around the park. The Heart Foundation recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 times a week or 20 minutes of vigorous activity 3 times a week.
Okay, you don’t have to completely cut out alcohol, but prevent drinking in excess. It is recommended that you imbibe no more than ½ to 1 alcoholic drink per day.
Be aware of your risk factors. Some of these can be acquired from a doctor visit while others may be based on personal and familial information. Check out the chart below:
Our ultimate goal is to make wellness a priority in 2018. With articles like this, it’s just one step in the right direction. Also, we are very excited about our new Wellness calendars that will be arriving any day now. In the weeks to come, be on the lookout for personal stories, challenges and information that bring awareness to important issues.