Over a month ago, the American Heart Association’s Dear Neighbor campaign kicked off their fund-raising effort in which individuals send notes to their neighbors asking for contributions to support their projects. As I wrap up this fund raising effort, I thought I’d share the Get Healthy with Life’s Simple 7 included in the Dear Neighbor fund raising letter provided by the American Heart Association.
Get Healthy with Life’s Simple 7
1. Get Active. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times per week.
2. Control Cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends the following: Eat healthy foods that are low in cholesterol, trans fats, and saturated fats. A diet high in fiber also helps keep cholesterol levels controlled.
3. Eat Better. A healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease.
4. Manage Blood Pressure. High blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease.
5. Lose Weight. If you have too much fat – especially if a lot of it is at your waist – you’re at higher risk for such health problems as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes.
6. Reduce Blood Sugar. When you reduce excessive sugars, you are giving yourself the best chance for a healthy life.
7. Stop Smoking. Smoking damages your entire circulatory system, and increases your risk for coronary heart disease, hardened arteries, aneurysm, and blood clots.
If you were not contacted by the Dear Neighbor campaign and wish to make a contribution, visit their website and look for the giving tab.