Heart Healthy Ideas For Your Family
Being aware of your family’s heart health is something you may not think about until February rolls around, but with all of the red and pink hearts hanging about this time of year, it’s hard not to think about the importance of this vital organ. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Take advantage of Heart Health Month to remind your family – and your self – about easy ways to ensure a healthy heart!
–> Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables helps lower blood pressure and helps ensure that your family is getting all of their essential vitamins and micronutrients.
–> Consuming a serving or two of fish each week can reduce inflammation within the body. Inflammation can cause damage to blood vessels, which is dangerous for heart health.
–> Replacing some of your family’s red meat intake with poultry, nuts, beans, and whole grains will help reduce risks of heart disease.
–> Ingesting less total fat and reducing the amount of salt in meals are two other ways to clean up your family’s diet to prevent heart disease. A way to assist with this is to avoid prepackaged sides and use herbs instead of salt to season foods.
–> Substituting dark chocolate in place of other desserts can help lower blood pressure due to nutrients found naturally in the cocoa bean.
–> Drinking milk and eating dairy products, such as yogurt, has been shown to have a protective effect on cardiovascular health.
–>Exercising at moderate intensity for 30 minutes, 5 days a week can reduce blood pressure and aid in losing any extra weight that might cause a strain on your heart.
We hope that you and your family take these tips to heart to ensure a happy, healthy, and active future!
-Jessica Sutton, Wellness Integration Specialist