Why is it so important to be aware and educated about heart health? Here are just a few key reasons that might catch your attention…
“About 630,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths” (Center for Disease Control, CDC).
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women” (CDC).
“In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. Each minute, more than one person in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event” (Heron M. Deaths: Leading causes for 2014).
The evidence is clear: heart disease is serious. But fortunately, we can change the statistics by changing our habits and choices. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends setting goals as a way to make healthier lifestyle choices.
The CDC states that your goals should…
1. Be realistic
2. Be meaningful to you
3. Be both short-term and long-term
4. Be written down
5. Be reviewed with your doctor
6. Be revisited and revised often
The CDC states, “Change can be difficult and having specific goals can help you stay on track and motivate you to make important lifestyle changes.”
What are some of these important lifestyle changes?
- Schedule exercise into your weekly routine. Make a specific goal for yourself to walk at least 3 times each week for at least 15 minutes. Once this starts to seem easy, up the time to 30 minutes!
- Cook heart-healthy meals at least 3 times a week. Make extra to pack for work lunches. What do heart-healthy meals look like? Check out this awesome webpage to find easy, heart-healthy recipes!
- If you currently smoke, make it a goal to take active steps towards quitting. Talk to your OnSite Wellness Rep today about getting connected with our Tobacco Cessation Program or Online Workshop. Quitting can greatly decrease your risk for heart disease and stroke
Read more about heart month on our blog post "Heart Month" below: