Oklahoma City, OK (February 2017) Ever since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first American Heart Month in 1964, the month of February has been dedicated to cardiovascular health awareness. Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s No. 1 cause of death for both men and women, killing an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. That is why many senior living communities such as Rambling Oaks Courtyard incorporate a heart healthy lifestyle into everyday living.
Whether it is through the prepared meals or the organized activities and onsite exercise programs, senior’s living in communities can find it easier to stay healthy because they have help to make it happen.
“Our residents often tell us they are eating healthier food choices because a chef is preparing meals with the right choices and making it taste good. In addition, many find they engage in exercise more frequently once they live in a community due to the availability of our activity programs and friends to work out with,” said Jessica Puga for Rambling Oaks Courtyard.
Through a heart-healthy lifestyle, seniors can prevent and control many coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors. Some risk factors can be controlled or at least made better like high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. Only a few risk factors—such as age, gender, and family history—can’t be controlled through healthy choices.
To reduce risk, seniors should try and control each major risk factor:
- Weight: Maintain a healthy weight
- Smoking: Quit or don’t start smoking
- Exercise: Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day on most days of the week, cardio is best for a healthy heart even a simple walk works
- Diet: Eat a diet that’s low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt
- Sleep: Get plenty of sleep
- The “Other” Heart: The saying goes that people can die of a broken heart or in other words emotions can indeed affect the heart. Keep it happy with:
- Gratitude. Remind yourself of what you have to be grateful for
- Laugh. Yes just laugh
- Connect. Get out, find a group, take a class, call an old friend – your heart will be lighter.