Five Steps To Healthier Heart

Bandar Seri Begawan – World Heart Day 2011, themed One World, One Home, One Heart, recognises the importance of the home environment in inculcating healthy habits.

Dr Peter Tay, CEO of Gleneagles JPMC Sdn Bhd and Co-Chair of the World Heart Day 2011 launching event, in his opening speech yesterday outlined five simple actions that you and your family can take to improve your heart health, as identified by the World Heart Federation (WHF).

i) Ban smoking at home – Smoking, as you all know, is a major risk factor in heart disease and other diseases such as cancer. If you smoke, there is a good chance your children will take up the habit.

ii) Stock your home with healthy food items – Avoid high cholesterol and saturated fats. Ensure every member of the family gets at least one to three servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.

iii) Be active – Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Limit time spent in front of the TV to no more than two hours per day. Organise outdoor activities; go for brisk walks, jogging, cycling and swimming.

iv) Know your risk – Check if you have a family history of heart disease, check your height and weight, calculate your BMI. See a doctor and measure your blood pressure, fasting sugar and cholesterol levels. Once you have identified potential risks, start a programme to modify them.

v) Find out more about heart disease and strokes – Know what the signs and symptoms are of a heart attack and stroke.

–Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

On October 17th, 2011, posted in: Latest News by
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