Whether or not you’re all about the flowers and chocolates, here’s something we can all show some love for this month: healthy hearts.
You guessed it. February is American Heart Month. Swoon!
The reality is that heart disease remains a leading cause of death in the U.S. It affects those around us every day—our coworkers, friends, families and neighbors.
10 vows to make to your heart
So, it’s worth stopping to take a look at some small changes we can make to bless our southern hearts. Let’s take care of our tickers, Tennessee!
I promise to...
- Fall in love with cooking.
Opportunities to make things with our hands seem fewer in these digital days. Cooking offers a creative outlet that is all yours! Plus, it's a healthy habit.
- Know my blood pressure numbers.
All the cool kids are doing it.
- Befriend food.
Don’t despise it or get clingy with it, but create a healthy relationship with what you put in your body. It will be one of the most important throughout your life.
- Schedule a doctor check-up.
Call your doc today, or put a note on your calendar to contact the office this week. It’s easy to put off routine visits, but a simple check-up can prevent heartbreak down the road.
- Learn my risk for heart disease.
There’s no excuse to stay in the dark on something this important.
- Cook smarter.
For starters, hold off on so much salt, and pick five of these heart-healthy cooking tips to try.
- Replace an unhealthy habit with a healthy one.
Want to stop smoking? Start snacking on carrots instead. Need to cut back on sugary drinks? Replace them with cucumber water. Whatever your hard-to-kick habit is, make it go away for good by starting a heart-healthy one! For help, check out our 5 steps for overcoming obstacles.
- Serve up seafood.
The fatty acids in fish help reduce your risk of heart disease. Learn more about how this life-saving food works.
- Pump up my exercise routine.
Are you getting 150 minutes of physical activity a week? Walking, hiking, lifting, biking, yoga-ing...okay, you get it: the options are endless! Check out our class schedule to find a good fit.
- Plan and schedule my food intake.
You don’t have to be super strict, but establishing a healthy eating routine could help reduce your risk for heart disease. It gives you the chance to make wise decisions ahead of time instead of grabbing whatever food is easiest when you’re hungry and vulnerable. Our Registered Dietitians can help you set up a realistic schedule.
*Bonus tip: Do you really, really love your heart 'til death do you part? Try managing your heart health with the Heart360 tracking tool. We'd love to hear from you on Facebook or Twitter about how it's going.
Establish Healthy Habits with the Y
We want Middle Tennessee to be healthy in spirit, mind and body. Get more information on our nutrition counseling, wellness support services, or the YMCA diabetes prevention program. Let us partner with you in reaching your healthy living goals!