National Wear Red Day!
February 5th is National Wear Red Day, so the students, faculty, and staff of MedQuest College are planning on donning red attire in order to promote a heart-healthy life! There are many things that you can do to make your heart healthier, and a few that you probably already do.
When thinking about being a more heart-health conscious person, remember to get your blood pumping by doing moderate 30 minute exercises at least three –four times a week. According to the American Heart Association, this type of exercise and a thoughtful diet can go a long way in helping your heart.
Speaking of diets and food, there are several really great foods to eat, and stay away from when you are trying to be more heart healthy. Whole grains are a great way to get your fiber and feel fuller. When it comes to meat, fish (salmon and tuna in particular) are the best for lowering the risk of heart disease. These types of oily fish not only lower cholesterol and blood pressure, but they also slow blood clots (which clog arteries and can cause a stroke). If you are going to eat meat, be sure that it is lean, no more than a total of 6 ounces per day is recommended. Also be sure to limit how much sugar and salt is added to the meal.
Also important to note, is that people with diabetes are at higher risk to heart disease. So talking to the doctor, as well as keeping track of your blood sugar and blood pressure are going to be a pivotal part of getting and remaining healthy. A cholesterol test will also tell both you and your doctor how your heart is doing as well. The American Heart Association recommends that healthy adults get one every five years to be safe.
Join MedQuest College February 5th in our quest to promote a heart healthy life by wearing red as well!