February is here, and as stores stock their shelves with hearts full of chocolate, we’re celebrating hearts with a more health-related focus. In addition to Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, which gives Liberty Lutheran the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about our nation’s heart-health dilemma and to share what you can do to keep your heart healthy.
Heart disease, which causes an average of 610,000 deaths on an annual basis, is the leading cause of mortality in the United States.
While American Heart Month focuses on multiple aspects of heart health, including blood pressure, congenital heart defects and more, coronary heart disease (CHD) is what comes to mind for most individuals when they think of heart-related health issues.
As with all aspects of our health, the lifestyle choices we make have a significant correlation with the chances for being diagnosed with CHD. Top risk factors for developing heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Fortunately, there are a variety of things we can do to control these frustrating risk factors and benefit our heart health.
Here are some healthy habits that you can pursue to reduce your risk for CHD:
- Manage stress: Stress, although a common occurrence for many of us, can be a large contributor to CHD risk factors. Finding healthy ways to cope with stress is crucial to your heart’s health. Healthy stress management can consist of practicing meditation, consulting a therapist, and regular exercise.
- Exercise: According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop CHD as those who are active. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic exercise each week for the average adult. Make sure to move as much as possible throughout your day. The more activity you do the more benefits your heart receives.
- Eat heart healthy foods: To adopt a heart-healthy diet consume mainly vegetables, fruits, fat-free or low-fat dairy foods, and lean meats. Avoid foods high in sodium as well as saturated and trans fats as these are known to raise blood pressure.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Determine what weight is healthy for you based on your body mass index (BMI). Consult a doctor or healthcare professional for better understanding when adopting certain dietary changes.
- Quit smoking: According to the American Heart Association smoking is the largest preventable cause of death in the United States and causes one of every fourth deaths from cardiovascular disease. Quitting smoking can decrease your risk for heart disease significantly, as well as many other potentially fatal health complications.
Liberty Lutheran Empowers Individuals to Keep Hearts Healthy
When we make healthy decisions we lead healthy lives. Liberty Lutheran takes pride in empowering individuals to make healthy choices and live well. Whether it is our staff or residents, we’re dedicated to providing resources for all members of our community to maintain their well-being for healthful living. Here’s how our Senior Wellness Services can help you:
The Becoming Center
Located at Artman, the Becoming Center offers personalized, comprehensive, preventive, and restorative holistic wellness for active adults seeking to improve their fitness and overall well-being. Not just for senior residents of the Artman community, the Becoming Center is open to individuals from the surrounding area who want to achieve their health and wellness goals.
With amenities like a fully equipped exercise room, a therapeutic heated pool, yoga room, as well as private treatment rooms for alternative therapies and massage, the Becoming Center certainly has the capacity to keep all heart’s healthy. Additionally, there’s on-site exercise physiologists, nutritionists and trainers for members interested in personalized programs.
Liberty Lifestyles is a unique fitness program offered to all senior residents that provides customized plans to help them reach their ideal level of fitness. Valuing healthy hearts and lifestyles for residents at all of our senior communities, this program is designed by specially trained Liberty Lifestyles coordinators after thorough assessments of residents’ physical and cognitive abilities.
Liberty Lifestyles breaks the mold in senior fitness and gives residents the confidence they need to know they’re living a healthy and active life.
Employee Wellness Works Program
Our employee Wellness Works program not only gives staff the tools they need to live a healthy lifestyle, but additional incentives that motivate them to achieve it. With monetary bonuses and diverse opportunities like a 24/7 online health portal, monthly wellness challenges, healthy cooking demonstrations, stress reduction workshops, and on-site preventive health screenings, our program makes healthy living easy.
Since its start in 2006, Wellness Works has lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, and tobacco use among staff considerably, so much so that it continues to stay below the national average. Our dedication to being a dependable health advocate for employees is just one of many reasons why Liberty Lutheran was named Top Workplace in 2017.
Heart healthy habits are crucial to maintaining your health and overall well-being. Keep these tips in mind when considering how to make heart-healthy decisions, and learn more about how Liberty Lutheran can help you live healthfully and happily throughout your senior years by clicking here.