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H.E.A.D.s Up Newsletter
February 2021

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American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States and is a major cause of disability.  About 630,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year-that's one in every four deaths.  And every year, about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack. 

Risk Factors - Some conditions, as well as some lifestyle factors, can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. Everyone can take steps to lower their risk of heart disease and heart attack by addressing the following risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Tobacco use 
  • Diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity 
  • Alcohol consumption
Treatment and Prevention - Fortunately, most people can treat heart disease with proper diet and lifestyle changes:
  • Early prevention - have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly
  • Regular exercise - even mild to moderate physical activity can reduce your risk and lower blood pressure
  • Proper diet - eat a high-fiber, low sodium, and low-fat diet that reduces amounts of eggs and red meat
  • Drink alcohol in moderation - adults should consume no more than one to two alcoholic drinks per day 
  • Quit smoking - it's estimated that smoker's risk of heart attacks is more than twice the risk for non-smokers

Source:  ComPsych


Exercise for Cardiovascular Health 

Exercise is a major component of heart health and is critical to preventing chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease.  150 minutes per week (30 minutes five days per week) of moderate intensity aerobic exercise is recommended to help reduce chances of cardiovascular events.  

Some benefits include:
  • Strengthen the heart and blood vessels 
  • Lower blood pressure 
  • Lower total cholesterol and LDL
  • Increase HDL
  • Improve the flow of oxygen
  • Lower heart rate 
  • Help to maintain or lose weight

Source:  ComPsych

Mayo Clinic Minute:  Ideas for a heart-healthy diet
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Virtual Yoga

The Coronavirus may keep us from meeting in person, but it will not keep us from showing our love for yoga! Practice yoga from the comfort of your own home with your own personal virtual trainer! Click on the link below to access free online yoga sessions. 

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga leads to improved physical fitness, increased ability to concentrate, and decreased stress. It's activity that helps both your body and mind and is a great way to relax and rejuvenate.
National Health Observance-February
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) 

AMD is the leading cause of low vision blindness in Americans age 60 years and older and affects 1.6 million Americans.  As Baby Boomers age, rates of AMD are expected to reach "epidemic proportions".  There is no known cure for this disease and it slowly steals your vision as it affects the retina and caused the cells in the area to die. If you notice symptoms such as blurry vision, wavy lines, or a blind spot, see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. 

Additional Info: To learn more about preventive care, click here. Click here to find out the recommendations for various screenings and tests.

Log into the wellness portal for even more articles on this topic: Health Screening: Finding Problems Early/ Evaluación de salud: Cómo detectar temprano los problemas de salud.
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