Happy Easter (courtesy photo)
**February is a Heart Health month. Gave a donation to the American Heart Association.
According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention: The rate of death from heart disease fell 16.5% nationwide from 2008 to 2019…There are approximately 659,000 people die each year from heart disease. 1 person every 36 seconds dies from cardiovascular disease. There are six major risk factors contributing to the heart disease:
1.High Blood Pressure: 47% 4. Physical Inactivity: 25.3%
2.Overweight/Obesity: 42.4% 5. Excessive Alcohol Use: 16%
- High Cholesterol: 38% 6. Diabetes: 11.3
According to American Heart Association life’s 7 habits can protect your heart:
- Manage Blood Pressure (should be under 120/80mm Hg).
- Control Cholesterol (should be under 200mg/dL).
- Reduce Blood Sugar (should be under 100mg/dL).
- Get Active (exercise on a daily basis).
- Eat Better (eat a healthy diet – eat fish twice a week and colorful fruits and vegetables 4 to 5 times a day).
- Lose Weight (BMI should be under 25).
- Stop Smoking (Cigarette smokers have higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The heart muscle is connected to your brain. So, you protect your brain as well).
The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise per week or about 30 minutes per day.
According to Lance LaMotte, MD, FACC, interventional cardiologist at Baton Rouge Cardiology Center and owner of the Title Boxing Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, “Use a simple formula to watch your heart rate during the workout: 220 minus your age. Your target should be to reach about 70% of that during exercise.”
Use everything in moderation, and check with your doctor first. A heart-healthy diet includes healthy fat in olive oil, salmon, nuts and in plant based protein such as beans etc. Almonds and Pistachio both nuts reduce the abdominal fate and lower the bad cholesterol LDL. Citrus fruits boost immunity and because of the potassium they can regulate the blood pressure. Dark leafy vegetables collard green, Swiss chard, kale, watercress have heart healthy mineral magnesium. Drizzle some lemon on the cooked greens to boost the iron and to digest them easily. Drizzle some olive oil, toasted almonds, pumpkin seeds, citrus segments, and some Tofu to make a heart-healthy leafy green salad. Turkey is low in fat and high in protein. Eat whole grains (not refined), avoid processed, burnt, and smoked food.
**“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die.” George Bernard Shaw
Peace and good health to all,
Sushil (Sue) Hennessy, March, 2022
Random Acts of Kindness
You don’t need money, just a little time to give mental support and be kind to all. Check on the elderly, bring their Newspaper to their door in bad weather, say hello to your neighbors when you see them, wish them happy holidays and birthdays etc. Call your parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles; talk to them to make sure they are not lonely. Thank the soldiers when you see them for keeping us safe; thank priests, police officers, teachers, health care workers, food suppliers, postal workers, newspaper persons, trash collectors for their services. Write notes to a lonely and unknown person and make his or her day. Give thanks to all those heroes who are sacrificing their lives to help others during this Pandemic. You all are Angels.