Live It Out (Winter 2012)

Live it out

Heart-healthy living starts with controlling the risk factors for heart disease. Here are five ways you can help your heart. Kick The Habit: Smoking is not just bad for your lungs. It also increases your risk for atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty substances in your arteries. This can lead to coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. If you smoke, quit. If you don’t, don’t start.

30 Minutes Could Save Your Life: A half an hour of vigorous exercise five times a week can reduce your risk for heart disease. If you’re looking for a fun, easy cardio workout, just visit our website and click on “Heart-Healthy Exercise.” Be sure to consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Don’t Wait To Lose Weight: Between 60 to 70 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk for heart disease. A combination of diet and exercise can help you shed the pounds and will do wonders for your heart. Let Food Be Your Friend: Eat a healthy diet. Avoid the saturated fat found in red meat and dairy products. Stay away from items that contain trans fats such as deep-fried food, packaged snacks and margarines. Eat five to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Need help shopping for heart-healthy food? Go to our website and click on “Heart-Smart Grocery List.” “What’s Up, Doc?”: See your doctor on a regular basis to monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and to check for diabetes. Early detection and intervention can add years to your life.