As February approaches, Senior Benefit Services is taking the opportunity to support and educate others on Heart Health Awareness Month! We want to remind our clients and all individuals on the importance of heart health. According to the American Heart Health Association, “nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease…these can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, and strokes”.
With heart diseases being one of the top causes of death in the United States, here are some ways to decrease your chances:
- Stop Smoking– Smoking cigarettes increases your chances of getting heart disease. Quitting smoking can be the healthiest thing that can be done for your heart and overall health! Quitting smoking isn’t a simple task to accomplish, but there are many resources for help.
- Fruits, Veggies, & Nuts – If you dedicate yourself to planning a healthier diet, you will find yourself in overall great shape! The more discipline you have for a healthy diet, the less health issues you’ll have in the future.
- Reduce Stress – Take some time to unwind and relax. This could include reading, watching a movie, or knitting. Not only does taking time for yourself reduce heart disease risk, but it also helps you get a good nights rest!
- Increase Physical Activity – Take a couple of simple to get active. Some ideas include: Taking your dog for a walk around your block, opting for a few flights of stairs vs. the elevator, setting a timer to get up and move every hour during the day, gardening, playing golf, taking your kids/grandkids to the park, swimming laps in your community pool, and so much more. 30 minutes per day is suggested, but if you have to break that up into three 10-minute intervals, that’s okay too!
- Regular screening – it doesn’t hurt to visit your doctor’s office for regular check-ups. As with most diseases, it’s better to catch this earlier on.
We’ve discovered that many of our clients are not aware of the programs available to help cover these needs. Our company offers many different levels of coverage options to be there for you in a time when you need it most. We urge you to give us a call with any questions or assistance that you may need.
Written by Daniela Correa