Health Heart Overview
Health Heart Diets
Smoking and Alcohol’s Impacts on the Heart
Importance of Physical Activity
A Heart Health Diet
- Foods high in fat content cause cholesterol build-up in the form of plaques. These plaques make it harder for blood to travel throughout the body
- Eat vegetables, fruit, and whole grains for good nutrients and fiber
- Reduce salt intake to avoid problems with high blood pressure. This will lower the risk of heart disease because your heart won’t have to work as hard.
Smoking and Alcohol
- Smoking increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other diseases. It is best to avoid and/or stop smoking!
- Too much alcohol over a long period of time can increase blood pressure and damage your heart muscle.
- Men should limit themselves to 2 alcoholic drink per day. Women should limit themselves to 1 alcoholic drink per day.
- Staying active not only strengthens the body, but your heart as well. A strong heart can more efficiently pump blood and nutrients through the body.
- Aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day, 5 days per week.
- Exercises which can be done socially distanced:
- Brisk walking (indoors or outdoors)
- Body-weight exercises (push-ups, squats, planking, lunges)
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