National Heart Health Awareness Month
February is National Heart Health Awareness month and emphasis is placed on reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) teens and young adults are at increased risk for heart disease. Obesity and sedentary lifestyles are to blame for this increased risk from years before. You are never too young to learn about keeping your mind body healthy.
There are 4 major key points to know and understand about heart disease. The more you know, the better you do, and the better you feel.
- Just Move!!!
Teens and young adults are more overweight now than from decades before. This can lead to diabetes and heart disease. Engaging in 30 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis gets the heart pumping which increases circulation and burns fat. Walk, run, dance or jump but just move. Your heart with thank you.
- Yummy for your tummy!!!
It always comes back to what we eat doesn’t it? Not only is the heart affected by what we eat, but also how much we eat. Here are a few things to consider:
- Limit your salt intake (diets high in salt may lead to high blood pressure and water retention)
- Eat more fruit and vegetables
- Control portion size
- Fired food and food full of fat clogs blood vessels which leads to heart disease
- Shake it off!!!!
Life can be stressful. Sometimes everything seems like it thrown at you all at once. STOP! BREATHE! And RELAX! Nurse’s orders. Take a moment to get in a quiet place mentally and physically to woosah! Stress causes high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease. Your heart will thank you.
- NO SMOKING!!!
In 1964 the surgeon general warned that smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease. Smoking also damages the lining of your blood vessels which can lead to heart attack and heart disease. If you do not smoke, do not start. If you do smoke there are resources to help you quit in a safe manner with assistance. Your heart will thank you.