Keep Your Heart Healthy this Month with a Buddy
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world. In celebrating February as American Heart Month, we are encouraged to watch what we eat and exercise regularly so we can keep our hearts healthier throughout our lives.
Following a healthy lifestyle from childhood through our older years can help prevent heart disease and keep this vital organ pumping longer.
One way to stay motivated at following personal health goals—whether it’s cutting back on sugar or moving more—is to involve family, friends and neighbors. The national #OurHearts movement encourages people to take care of their hearts together.
Whether in one of our residential communities or still living independently in a private home, at Notre Dame Health System we encourage our residents and clients to pay special attention to their heart health.
Here are a few ways to observe #OurHearts:
- Be physically active together. Take regular walks with other residents or with family members when they come to visit.
- Eat healthier together. Set a goal with others to cut down on sugary and high-fat foods. See who can go the longest number of days without dessert, which isn’t easy during King Cake season. Ask family and friends to only share heathy snacks.
- Track heart health stats together. Keep calendars to track blood pressure, weight and exercise goals. It’s easier to stay on target when it’s written down.
- Manage stress and sleep better. Set bedtime goals and remind each other when it’s bedtime. If something is worrisome, try not thinking about it and reducing stress by practicing chair yoga, reading or praying.