1 in 3 Adults has CVD

FACT: 1 in 3 adults has some for of CVD (Cardiovascular Disease) In 2003, 71,300,000 American adults had one or more types of CVD. 27,400,000 are estimated to be over 65. So that means 43,900,000 men and women UNDER 65 have one or more types of CVD.

WHY? 3 things:

1. Diet: We live in a fast food nation. If it’s not fast, we can’ afford to take the time. Remember when we used to sit for dinner time? When meals were family activities and time to connect? Our food choices as well as the processed, manufactured foods do not supply our bodies with the nutrients we need to keep up in our ever so fast paced lives.

2. Exercise: We don’t do it. In 2003, 136,500,000 American adults were overweight and 64,000,000 were obese. Only 30% of our population participates in leisurely physical activity for 30 minutes or less 5 times a week or vigorous activity for 20 min 3 times a week.

3. Stress: We live in it. We keep choosing it even though our health continues to decline. When life becomes all work and no play, it wears on our bodies and it breaks down our immune system. Our emotions cause elevations in hormones and our lack of sleep causes a further breakdown of our body. Sleep is needed to build and restore.

TIPS:

Bring family and peace back to dinner time. Sit at the table, do not work. Chew your food well. Schedule in 90 minutes- 2 hours for dinner so you can unwind and relax.

Include fruit and vegetables in EVERY meal. Eat the color of the rainbow everyday

Limit your caffeine intake to 1 or 2 cups a day.

Sleep at least 7 hours, even if you don’t think you need it! And do what you can to fix any sleep issues you are having.

Make a decision that your health is important and schedule exercise into your week. Take a walk with a friend (turn it into a jog too!), take a dog for a run, go dancing, go hiking, hire a trainer, workout outside with a friend, go swimming, find someone and something you can commit to at least 3-4 times a week. Your body is worth it and your family needs to you to be healthy and at your best

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