February is American Heart month. There are small changes that we can make that will significantly improve our heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the US. Show your heart some love and start today!
Check out the 7 Key Changes to a Healthy Heart:
Not Sure where to start? It’s always a great idea to get a physical with your general practitioner. Know you numbers so you know where to start! The most important numbers to know for whole body health are blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and BMI (Body Mass Index). This is will give you a base line on what areas you need to focus on in order to improve your numbers.
Every year after you should check in with your doctor so you can compare your current results. Many patients do not experience any symptoms with high blood pressure, blood sugar or cholesterol. When this is caught early, it it easier to manage and could possibly keep you from having a heart attack. It’s never too late to start!
This is a great story by Daniel Green on how he committed to following all of the federal diet and exercise guidelines for one year and saw measurable results in multiple areas of his life. I love the comprehensive approach that he took and how he was able to incorporate everything into his daily routine so that diet and exercise didn’t become a chore.
Most importantly, I’ve finally learned how to live a truly healthy life in a way that suits the rest of my lifestyle. Physical activity and better nutrition are no longer vague notions that I have to figure out how to make time for, but instead are normal parts of my daily routine.
Why Go Red? Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 2, 2018 and donate to help fund research during American Heart Month.
Go Red For Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to “Know Your Numbers.” It’s knowledge that could save your life. Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. It’s time for all women to learn the most critical numbers in their life — their hearts depend on it.
Exited about the upcoming changes to nutrition labels:
On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the White House announced final changes to nutrition labels, which will be required on packaged foods within the next two years. The long-awaited changes included a specific call-out for added sugars—sweeteners added to foods, as opposed to those that occur naturally, as in a piece of fruit—a larger font for the total number of calories, and serving sizes that are more in line with the amount of food a person is likely to consume. For instance, a 20 oz soda will now count as one serving, since that is how it is most likely to be consumed.