No matter what your age, everyone can benefit from a healthy diet and adequate physical activity.
- STOP eating foods high in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. The food you eat can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke.
- STOP eating or at least limit your intake of: White, refined flour, frozen waffles, doughnuts, cakes, pies
- STOP sitting around! You can slowly work up to at least 2½ hours (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., brisk walking) every week or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., jogging, running) or a combination of both every week. Learn the American Heart Association’s Guidelines for Physical Activity in Adults and in Kids.
- STOP smoking.
- STOP stressing out.
- STOP snoring. Okay, easier said than done. But, don’t ignore this symptom of sleep apnea. If not properly treated, sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
- It’s never too early or too later to learn the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke. Not everyone experiences sudden numbness with a stroke or severe chest pain with a heart attack. And heart attack symptoms in women can be different than men.