Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Educate yourself on the dangers of heart disease and get on track to better heart health here!
1. Make sure your diet is low fat, salt and trans- fat free, (hydrogenated oils). For all that is good in the world… Read food labels!
2. Exercise at list 30 minutes 5 to 6 days a week. I know, I know… For most everyone that is crazy! Well, if you want to lose weight, or live to see your grandkids get over it! Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke. Your health insurance company and everyone around you will be appreciative.
4. Reduce stress by taking 15 minutes of complete silence and exhale and inhale listening to yourself breathe. This will do wonders I promise!
5. Get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked. Health fairs in your local area sometime offer these test for free. There really is no excuse here as you can at least get your blood pressure checked at CVS/Walgreen’s/Rite Aid by the automatic blood pressure machines.
6. (Discuss this with your doctor or child’s pediatrician) Get your child’s cholesterol and blood pressure checked if they are overweight and/or athletic, if they consume fast food more than once a week. This includes most of the children living in today’s society.
7. Children overweight should be exercising the same amount daily as an adult. (Five to six times a day for an hour). This national epidemic is becoming an epic problem. Remember the days of playing outside until it got dark? Get your kids to unplug. Note: Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect are not the only ways to getting exercise. Try that good ol’ fashioned outside playing.
8. Kids need to get active too, so have family time together and play ball, walk, ride bikes etc. This time is physical time, but doesn’t count toward the exercise program you have for yourself and your child. This activity is family time. Also, prepare healthy meals together at least once a week.