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Tips for Healthy Heart

February is National Heart Month
Including yourself, can you raise your hand if:
You know someone who has high blood pressure?
Who takes statins?
Who has diabetes?
Someone with high cholesterol?
With Angina?
Who has had a heart attack?
Who has lost someone to heart disease?
Is a smoker?
 
It is an unfortunate fact that heart disease is still the UK’s biggest killer and sometimes we don’t think about other risk fact factors linked to heart disease such as high blood pressure or having diabetes and the effect these can have on the heart. But the good news is, by making small changes to diet, exercise and lifestyle you can change this outcome. 
 
The Myth

There is a common belief that heart disease only affects middle aged, overweight men. But heart disease wears a skirt too!

The Facts
Heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer but it is also the single biggest killer of women in the UK. It kills 3 times more women than breast cancer as well as there being over 1 million women living with heart disease. Research has shown that women do not put their own health needs as a priority over family and other commitments, so it is more likely to be missed!

So What Can You Do About It?

  • Keep to a healthy weight and shape
  • Get active
  • Reduce the amount of fat you eat
  • Aim for 5 portions of fruit and veg a day
  • Eat oily fish – in moderation a good source of Omega 3. Think SMASH – sardine, mackerel, anchovy, salmon and herring
  • Cut down on salt
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Reduce your stress – learn how to relax more!
  • Stop smoking!
  • Get a health check

If you want further information, please visit https://www.bhf.org.uk/

See you in class
Big Hugs and Little Tummies
love Lesley x