Health & Safety

February 14, 2014

Heart to heart: Timely tips for heart health

Tags:
Health.mil

February is National Heart Month. Changes in blood pressure and cholesterol diagnoses and management have led to fewer medications needed by patients and an emphasis on patient-driven treatment.

The Military Health System encourages service members, their families and other beneficiaries to take control of their cardiovascular health by becoming more active, making healthy choices and increasing overall wellness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates some 600,000 people die of heart disease each year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. A lifestyle that includes tobacco use, inactivity, obesity and unhealthy diet choices are factors that can potentially impact heart health and increase risk of heart disease and other complications.

By considering and implementing the following tips, anyone can improve their heart health and general wellness:

  • Treat your heart to a Valentine’s Day meal that includes fatty fish like wild caught salmon, mackerel or herring, which are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association says Omega-3 fatty acids may help decrease the risk of arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. Vegetables and a salad topped with a handful of walnuts or almonds and fruits can also help round out a feast that’s healthy and tasty.
  • Get your heart pumping by engaging in physical activities. Experts agree that engaging in physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Make it fun! Take a brisk walk with a loved one, run with a pet, go dancing or play a game of kickball to increase your heart rate.
  • Listen to your heart and pay attention to irregularities like palpitations and chest pains. These could signal danger. Also, know the symptoms of a heart attack as they often present differently for men and women.
  • Monitor your heart health with regular blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings and ask your medical provider for help if your numbers are out of the healthy range.

For more information about DOD programs and strategies that support healthy living visit www.militaryonesource.mil/olw.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

“Let go of the “fro”

When I was four years old, my mother would take me to my grandmother’s house every morning while she went to work. Now this was my mom’s mother, and she was one of those “no-nonsense, strong-willed, ’Homey don’t play that” type of woman. I’m talking about the kind of woman whose presence was so dominant...
 
 

Kicking Butts for Points launches at six Healthy Base Initiative sites

It may not be a patch or a pill that helps you quit using tobacco, but your smartphone instead. The Department of Defense Healthy Base Initiative is piloting an innovative approach to improve knowledge and change attitudes towards tobacco to support tobacco-free living in the military. Through a partnership with the National Institutes of Health,...
 
 
Facebook-Banner-Brain-Injury-Awareness-Mar-2015

March marks Brain Injury Awareness Month

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Often called one of the “invisible wounds of war,” traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Anyone can suffer a TBI, ...
 

 

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

(compiled by Linda Welz from www.Cancer.gov) Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon. The colon is part of the body’s digestive system. The digestive system removes and processes nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water) from foods and helps pass waste material out of...
 
 

Build a healthy meal

A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Think about how you can adjust the portions on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories. And don’t forget dairy—make it the beverage with your meal or add fat-free or low-fat dairy products...
 
 

452 AMW QUARTERLY AWARD WINNERS

2nd Lt. Jim Lambert, 452nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Quarter Senior Airman Anahi Ledezma, 452nd Communications Squadron Airman of the Quarter Staff Sgt. Paul Bugar, 729th Airlift Squadron NCO of the Quarter Master Sgt. John R. Hershey Jr., 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron SNCO of the Quarter
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin