February is American Heart Health Month. With heart disease topping the charts as the number 1 killer of Americans, it’s time to start thinking about your ticker. Did you know 1 in 3 deaths is related to heart disease and stroke and that heart disease costs hospitals over 444 billion in health care dollars and lost time at work? Below are some simple tips to reduce your risk.
While you may be concerned about your weight and New Year’s resolutions in January, perhaps you should be looking at your supplement bottle. January 6-12 is Folic Acid Awareness Week. What can this powerful B vitamin do you for you?
Trying to cut back on sodium? Not a bad idea during this stressful holiday season when everyone’s blood pressure is a little higher than normal. Research shows most Americans consume an average of 3,300 mg of sodium/day. Experts have found that reducing sodium intake can lower blood pressure, which drops the risk for heart disease and stroke dramatically. The recommended amount (based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines) is 2300 mg/day for most and just 1500 mg/day for those over 51, individuals with high blood pressure and diabetes, African Americans and people with kidney disease. But don’t just put down the salt shaker. Most of the sodium we eat (about 75%) comes from packaged and restaurant food. Below are some tips to kick the salt habit.
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. While we all know that avoiding or stopping smoking is the best prevention of this deadly disease, many of us (self included) may have been or are currently exposed to second hand smoke on a regular basis. Below are some foods to include in your diet to reduce your risk.