Tips for Better Heart Health


World Heart Day is on September 29th and Olea True wants to help support the cause! The goal is to spread awareness about cardiovascular health and promote preventative steps and lifestyle changes to reduce the onset of heart disease and help prevent stroke and heart failure. The World Heart Federation's "My Heart and Your Heart" campaign focuses on what you can do to take care of your own and your loved ones' hearts. The call to action this year is to make a promise to get active, eat more healthily, and say NO to smoking. Olea True wants to help inspire you to make a promise you can commit to you! A simple promise … for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS. Let's take a look at what you can do to keep your heart healthy:

1. Eat healthier foods

  • Eliminate or cut back on sugary drinks and juices
  • Choose fresh fruit over sweets
  • Aim for five servings of fruits and veggies per day
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit processed and prepackaged food – if it comes in a box it’s probably not good for you

2. Get more active

  • A good goal is 30 min of moderate exercise 5 days a week
  • Find more ways to get active throughout the day – take the stairs instead of the elevator!
  • Exercise with friends and family to make it fun and social
  • Use a pedometer to keep track of your steps each day

3. Say no to smoking

  • Number one thing you can do to keep your heart healthy
  • The risk of heart disease is substantially reduced after just two years of quitting
  • Within 15 years the risk of CVD returns to that of a non-smoker
  • Secondhand smoke is also a cause of heart disease

Most importantly, know your risk and learn to recognize the symptoms of heart disease. Track your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI), on a regular basis and learn more about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. According to the World Heart Federation, 70% of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and could help a victim.

1.https://www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/2018/07/16/welcome-to-world-heart-day-2018/


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