Are you “hearting” your health?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America.  A combination of weight management, increasing physical activity, consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables, smoking cessation, and a diet low in saturated fats may reduce the risk of heart-related conditions and diseases.  Talk with your doctor or another healthcare professional who may be able to help you with questions or concerns you may have about your health.   Below are some helpful starting points for living a healthier lifestyle.  A registered dietitian will be able to provide you with a more detailed and individualized nutrition plan.

  1. Avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast – lowers the risk of overeating later in the day, puts you at  risk for missing key nutrients, and slows down the metabolism.
  2. Do Something – Aim to do something physically active everyday, whether it’s chair exercises in front of the TV or taking a brisk walk with a friend; reach for the recommended 60 minutes.
  3. Mix vegetables in dishes you already like – try adding pureed steamed broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower into rice or quinoa and add a little bit of margarine, no salt spice blend (i.e., Mrs. Dash or McCormick), and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Limit saturated fat intake – saturated fats are found in animals and animal products, also trace amounts can be found in plant products.  Choose lean or low-fat meats, cheeses and other dairy products.
  5. Currently Smoking? – Call today to quit 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848).  Med-Fast Pharmacy currently offers Smoking Cessation Nicotine Lollipops (Available by prescription only).

by Teresa A. Ferrainolo, MPH