Today is National Wear Red Day®, and our employees across the country are wearing red to show their support in the fight against heart disease. Heart disease is the number 1 killer in men and women, and each year one in three women die of heart disease and stroke.
But we can change that! Now 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Here are a few tips from www.heart.org to help your family live a more heart healthy lifestyle.
- Indentify free times for activity. Pick two 30-minute and two 60-minute time slots for family activity time.
- Make time to plan a weekly menu, go shopping and prep your meals. Keep track of how many times you grab food on the go for one week. Once you find blocks of time when you can do a little planning, it’ll be easy to learn healthy preparation methods, fix healthy snacks and eat less fast and processed food.
- Simplify your family’s schedule. We are expected to do it all. But this type of non-stop lifestyle isn’t sustainable or healthy.
- Take baby steps, not giant leaps. Getting heart-health is a journey; you don’t have to do everything at once.
- Ask everyone in the family to do their part. Depending on their ages, kids can help prepare healthy meals and help around the house. Treat your family like a team and encourage everyone to work together.
- Live by example. If we want our kids to eat healthy and exercise, we’ve got to model that behavior. You’re not perfect, but if you’re determined and persistent, there’s not much that can stop you.
For more information about heart disease, including some surprising myths, visit www.heart.org.