Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer. Make a difference by learning a few strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts check and commit to heart-healthy lives.
1. Make it yourself – cooking at home is an excellent way to control what and how much you eat. Take a date to a local cooking class to practice your skills or learn a new technique.
2. Give to one another by giving back – ask a date to volunteer with you at a local organization. Giving back is a healthy habit that can boost your mood and help beat stress.
3. Take it slow – if you receive a luxurious box of chocolates from your sweetie, stick it in the freezer and enjoy in moderation over the next several weeks.
4. Take a long, romantic walk – and try to make it a regular habit. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity each week to help keep your heart healthy. You can reach this goal by walking briskly for at least 30 minutes five days each week.
5. Rekindle an old flame – try preparing one of your favorite recipes in a healthier way. These healthy substitutions can help you cut down on saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium), and added sugars, while noticing little, if any, difference in taste.
For more information on health care options visit ChapCare at 1855 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena or online at www.chapcare.org. Call (626) 398-6300 for more details.