In observance of heart month, Home Care Assistance Grand Rapids is raising awareness around heart disease and stroke prevention. As heart disease is one of the leading causes of death and disability in America, it is crucial that we set our hearts up for success by creating a healthy lifestyle.
As part of our commitment to community education around topics related to health and wellness, here are 5 tips to promote heart health!
- Eat for your heart. The best foods for your body and mind are one ingredient foods, or foods that nature made. Processed food could be much more dangerous for health than we ever knew. The added sugars in these foods are wreaking havoc on our mood, energy, and health significantly increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Bottom line: spend more time in the produce section with foods that your body recognizes and your heart will thank you.
- Quit unhealthy habits. Make it a priority to cut out the unhealthy habits in your life- whether that’s smoking, clocking too much screen time, or engaging in overly stressful activities. Your body will tell you when it’s happy. You don’t need to read an article to know the habits in your life that are detrimental to your health.
- Get moving! Walk, run, swim, dance, do yardwork, bike, zumba- anything that gets your heart pumping. It is recommended to do this for about 30 minutes most days of the week. If you’re struggling to find time, make exercise a part of your social life. Instead of inviting a friend for coffee, try a walk or workout class instead.
- Ditch the stress. Limit the people and the activities in your life that stress you out. Find what helps you stay centered. Drink tea, practice religion, practice yoga, or talk to someone who makes you happy. Above all, keep in mind what’s truly important to you and be a beacon of positivity.
- See your doctor regularly. Nothing beats routine check-ups when it comes to your health. Your primary physician or cardiologist can recommend specific programs that are individualized to your needs.
- Give. Recent studies have found a huge link between generosity and health. Volunteering your extra time or resources will have a huge impact on your heart.
In recognition of Heart Month, individuals can request complimentary copies of Home Care Assistance’s Patient Guides for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Post-Stroke Care from any local Home Care Assistance office or download a copy from the company’s website. For more information, visit www.HomeCareAssistance.com/HeartMonth.