Be Smart - Know Your Heart:
According to the American Heart Association, diseases caused by smoking kill more than 440,000 people in the United States each year. Of that number more than 135,000 deaths are cardiovascular related. In 2004 the American Heart Association established the Go Red for Women campaign. Statistics were showing that nearly 500,000 American women died due to cardiovascular disease each year. Today, cardiovascular disease is known as the #1 killer of women in the U.S.
Reduce High Blood Pressure:
Exercising regularly, reducing salt intake, eliminating cigarettes and managing stress can help control blood pressure.
Maintain a Healthy Diet:
Maintain a healthy and consistent weight by eating more fruits vegetables. Be conscious of the fat, sugar, and cholesterol intake. Remember a calorie is a calorie. High Fat foods generally have more calories than foods that are high in carbohydrates or protein.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 65% of US adults are overweight. South Carolina, alone, is ranked 10th in the nation for obesity level.
Reduce alcohol intake. Drink limited amounts of alcohol, if at all. Excessive drinking can lead to obesity, high blood pressure and stroke.