Your heart is the core at which you exist, the center of your body’s entire universe. It is the essence of your innermost self. So with that being said, how are you making sure to take care of it?
In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Every 60 seconds, someone dies from a heart disease-related event. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States as cardiovascular diseases obtain more lives than all forms of cancers combined. But do not fear, for it is preventable! So always remember to be Heart Smart!
With February being Heart Health Month, it’s time to rev up 2017 by making heart-healthy choices and maintaining it throughout the year! Here are a few tips to lead you in the right direction as to how to reduce putting your heart at risk.
Tips to eating Heart-Healthy:
- Be conscious of what’s on your plate.
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Eat whole grains and minimize processed foods with added sugars
- Reduce sodium
- Include heart-healthy fats
- Hydrate with eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day
- Replace red meat with fish
Tips to a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle:
- Consciously choose a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
- Engage yourself in moderate intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
- Maintain a healthy body weight and caloric adjustment.
- Avoid smoking and recreational drug use.
- Know and review your risk factors
- Monitor your numbers over time (cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar).
And always remember: With a health heart, the beat goes on.
You are cordially invited to participate in Volleyball for a Healthy Heart on February 16, 2017! From 6-9 PM, you will be able to play in a giant volleyball tournament in the Clarke Field House for free! So bring your friends and help to raise awareness to having a healthy heart! You won’t want to miss this!
Written by Peer Educator: Jacy Fong