Spread the word …
Be Smart … Take Care of Your Heart!
February 11th, the GCU community celebrated “Wear Red Day” to raise awareness about heart disease. Health Services spread the word providing strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging students, faculty, and staff to live heart healthy lives.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Some risk factors such as family history and age can’t be changed. However, below are a few things that you can do to lower your risk of heart disease.
Control your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.
Take steps to quit smoking.
Avoid secondhand smoke- it’s bad for the heart!
Maintain a healthy weight.
Move! Move! Move! Increase your activity.
Eat right emphasizing fruits, vegetables , and whole grains.
Limit salt, sugars, and fats.
Get enough sleep
Visit your doctor for a cardiac risk assessment.
Students, staff, and faculty enjoyed various activities geared toward promoting healthy hearts. Heart healthy snacks were also provided.
Salt is an essential nutrient required by the body for maintaining fluid levels and providing channels of nerve signaling. Over consumption of salt is quite common and can lead to high blood pressure which in turn leads to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Below are high sodium foods which should be used in moderation:
Table salt, baking soda , baking powder
Canned soups, bouillon cubes, gravies
Soy sauce, prepared salad dressings
Salami, bacon, hotdogs
Processed snack foods such as cheese puffs, chips, crackers
Prepackaged processed foods- always check the label!
Make Heart Health a Habit for Life!