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Improving "Life's Simple 7" Areas for Ideal Heart Health

May is American Stroke Month, a time to raise awareness about preventing and treating stroke.

Fortunately, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable and the key steps to reducing your risk for stroke are the same things you should be doing to prevent heart attacks, cancer and other diseases.

According to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, people should focus on improving “Life’s Simple 7”—seven areas for ideal heart and brain health:

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1. MANAGE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

HBP... also known as the “silent killer” is one of the leading causes of stroke. It has no symptoms, so make sure you're checking it regularly with your doctor!

 

2. CONTROL CHOLESTEROL

Cholesterol itself isn't bad—we all have and need it in our bodies. It's when it gets too much that causes issues! High cholesterol contributes to plaque in arteries, which could lead to a stroke.

• LOW CHOLESTEROL PINTEREST RECIPES

8 EASY FOOD SWAPS TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL

 

3. REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR

High blood sugar can lead to diabetes and over time can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves. One of the most important things to do is DRINK WATER & STAY HYDRATED. 

15 EASY WAYS TO LOWER BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS NATURALLY

 

4. BE ACTIVE

It's easier than you think!

Stuck in an office all day? Take the stairs to your meetings.

Not a gym person? Create your own workout circuit AT HOME!

If you just really, really, really don't like exercizing... find what works for you.

 

5. EAT BETTER

Changing how we eat can be tough, but every time you make that choice to eat fruit instead of candy, or reach for a sparkling water instead of soda, or switch the heavy dip out for hummus... you're another step closer to a healthy life!

Is pasta or pizza staple dinners that are easy to make for yourself or your family during the week? Swap some ingredients out to make it healthier! Instead of pasta, use zucchini noodles! Instead of ordering pizza or making a frozen one for dinner, make your own cauliflower crust & add your favorite toppings—it can be a fun make-your-own-pizza night for the family!

Celebrate #nationalpizzaday and #EatSmart with easy cauliflower crust tested by @realfoodreallife_rd! #repost ・・・ Y’all know I am loving the cauliflower “rice” trend. Cauliflower’s mild flavor pairs well with most other foods, and my favorite place to use riced or mashed cauliflower is in place of starches like rice pilafs and mashed potatoes. These swaps not only boost non-starchy veggie intake but also have fiber that can be equivalent or higher. So, you know I had to pick the Summer Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust recipe when @american_heart asked me to test out some of the recipes in their new cookbook. The result was a surprisingly easy and quick homemade pizza dinner that everyone loved. Check out my blog for my review, links to the recipe and new cookbook! {Link in Profile} #realfoodreallife #eatsmart #breakupwithsalt

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6. STOP SMOKING

If you smoke, the best thing you can do for your health is to quit. Smoking alone increases your risk for heart disease and chronic disorders. [LEARN MORE]

Non-smokers beware of anyone smoking around you. The health risks of second-hand smoke are very real. Each year about 34,000 adults die from heart and blood vessel disease caused by other people's smoke.

 

7. LOSE WEIGHT

Follow #1-6 and you'll have no problem losing weight! They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. 21 days to start your lifetime of reduced risk for stroke & enjoy a longer life with your loved ones? What's holding you back from starting today?

 


Every year nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke, which can lead to long-term disability or death. In fact, strokes are the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death.

You can recognize a stroke by remembering the acronym F.A.S.T.

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F = Face Drooping. One side of the face will droop

A = Arm Weakness. A person experiencing a stroke will have difficulty lifting one of their arms.

S = Speech Difficulty. A person experiencing stroke may slur their words or have difficulty speaking.

T = Time to call 9-1-1. A stroke is a medical emergency. Death and long-term disability can be avoided is some cases due to innovative medications and procedures, but there is short window of time to administer these procedures.


B105.7 is supporting the American Heart Association's "Bring A Ball to the Ball" campaign that will collect sports balls to donate to local community organizations to foster physical activity in underserved neighborhoods.

Balls will be collected until May 19th during business hours at the American Heart Association office at 6500 Technology Center Drive (Suite 100), Zionsville, IN, 46077.

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