February is the month of the Heart!
Soon, we will be scrambling to find that magnificent box of chocolates, pick the finest blooms or find the most poignant Valentine’s Day card. It is the time when our hearts are bursting with love and romance. Love not only your Valentine, love your heart!
The American Heart Association has designated February as National Heart Month. Your sweetheart may have the key to your heart but diet and exercise are the keys to a healthy heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men & women. There are health conditions and lifestyle behaviors that can increase your risk of developing heart disease. You can help prevent and lower your risk of developing heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices and by managing any medical conditions that you may have.Take these steps to be a Heart Healthy Valentine!
Eat a healthy diet. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt or sodium intake may lower blood pressure. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese may increase your risk for heart disease.
Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight as well as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. It is recommended that adults engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes daily- a brisk walk.
Monitor your blood pressure. Have your blood pressure checked frequently as high blood pressure or hypertension often has no symptoms.
Don’t Smoke. Nicotine constricts blood vessels. Smoking increases risk for heart disease.
Limit alcohol. Increased alcohol comsumption can increase your blood pressure. Men should not have more than 2 drinks per day; women not more than 1 drink per day.
Have your cholesterol checked. Increased blood cholesterol levels may increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease. Ask your physician about this simple blood test.
Manage your diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar levels closely and talk to your doctor about treatment options.
Take your medicine. If your taking medications for a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions and always ask questions if you don’t understand something.
HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS-IF YOU THINK THAT YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS HAVING A HEART ATTACK, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!!!
1. PAIN OR DISCOMFORT IN THE JAW, NECK OR BACK
2. FEELING WEAK, LIGHTHEQADED OR FAINT
3. CHEST PAIN OR DISCOMFORT
4. PAIN OR DISCOMFORT IN THE ARMS OR SHOULDER
5. SHORTNESS OF BREATH
For more information about heart disease visit CDC.gov
FEBRUARY HEALTHY HEART ACTIVITIES
10TH- BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING 12-2PM- GAVAN LOUNGE
13TH- WEAR RED DAY
19TH- GCU BLOOD DRIVE 10AM-4PM- NORTH DINING ROOM
HEALTHY HEART LUNCH & LEARN 1:30PM
24TH- GAMES! GAMES! GAMES! “SHINE A LIGHT ON A HEALTHY HEART” 12-2PM-GAVAN LOUNGE
26TH-BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING 12-2PM-GAVAN LOUNGE
THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT SALT AND SODIUM??? TAKE THE QUIZ!