February is National Heart Month and it’s time to celebrate with a discount! We are offering 20% off on all CPR on-site training classes! Your health is important to us and now is the time to save! Click here to learn more about our training services.
Heart month is our favorite time of year. Why? Because we want to help raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it.
The American Heart Association recommends “Life’s Simple 7” for managing a healthy heart.
- Be Active – It’s recommended that adults get 30 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes. This could be walking, running, biking, hiking, you name it! Get out there and get your sweat on!
- Control Your Cholesterol – Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S., and if you have too much cholesterol in the blood, it can lead to cardiovascular disease. Work with your doctor to determine the best approach to manage your cholesterol. In all cases, lifestyle choices are key. But, there are also medication options that may be beneficial.
- Eat Well – This is a give-in. Feeding your body with nutritious foods not only makes you feel good, it helps fight cardiovascular diseases! Be sure your diet consists of:
- Fruits and veggies – You know what they said about an apple a day…
- Whole grains – Brown rice, whole wheat pasta and quinoa!
- Low-fat dairy products – Not ice cream, people! We are talking about foods like yogurt, 1% milk and cottage cheese.
- Skinless poultry and fish – Say yes to salmon and chicken!
- Nuts and legumes – Crunchy almonds and delicious garbanzo beans!
- Non-tropical vegetable oils– Think olive oil, peanut oil and vegetable oil.
- Manage Your Blood Pressure – If you have high blood pressure, you’re putting yourself at major risk for heart disease and stroke. When your blood pressure is at a healthy range you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys. Find out if you’re at risk for high blood pressure by clicking here
- Loose Weight – It seems daunting, but all you have to do is take the first step! When you shed the extra pounds, you reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton.
- Reduce Your Blood Sugar -A majority of the food we consume is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) and our bodies use it for energy. High levels of blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.
- Stop Smoking – Smokers are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, stroke, numerous cancers… and the list can go on and on. If you need help creating a “quitting plan,” click here. (You can do it!)
Make sure you celebrate Heart Month by taking the necessary steps! Don’t forget that we are offering 20% off all on-site CPR training classes! All you have to do is visit our website to sign up, or call us at 518-886-8251. Be sure to mention that you read this blog! #HeartHealthy