American Heart Month
Published by: LifeWorks,
February is American Heart Month, a time to bring awareness to our cardiovascular health. While heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in North America, there is a lot we can do to prevent cardiovascular disease and increase our heart health.
Here are some suggestions from leading experts:
Your risk. See your health care professional for a risk assessment and work together to develop a plan for making heart-healthy lifestyle choices.
Eat well. “Eating healthy means following a healthy eating pattern that includes a variety of nutritious foods and drinks.” Eating well along with being active can also lower your risk of disease and help you reach—and maintain—a healthy weight, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. You’ll find lots of great heart-healthy recipes here.
Move it. Experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. Exercise done in 10-minute increments counts toward that total. You’re more likely to stick with it if you find forms of exercise you like.
Quit smoking. Smokers have a higher risk of developing atherosclerosis—the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries—which can lead to a heart attack. Visit the site for the American Lung Association for more on quitting smoking.
Take care of yourself. Along with eating smart and getting exercise, taking care of your overall well-being also helps protect against heart disease and other illnesses. That includes getting enough sleep, managing stress, and connecting with family and friends to boost your mood.