Part 3 - Live Smart for your Heart Blog Series
Live Smart for your Heart is a free community education event taking place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Live Smart for your Heart blog series features information, videos, and interviews to promote heart health. Pat Stovey, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and Austin Neis, Exercise Specialist, invite you to “Live Smart for your Heart” next Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Hear them talk about the event and why you should attend in the video below. Tammy Thompson, Cardiac Rehab Manager, contributed to this post.
Why is heart health so important?
Heart health is important because our heart is what keeps us alive! If we don’t take care of our hearts, than the rest of our body fails. Our hearts are responsible for getting blood to our entire body. If our heart is not pumping efficiently, than our minds suffer due to lack of blood flow. We have poor circulation to our hands and feet and our organs don’t function properly either.
But, I’m young and healthy? Why should I attend this event?
Did you know the foundation of heart disease starts when we are kids? Research supports evidence of changes in our arteries due to lifestyle choices - such as diet and exercise and damage from second hand smoke - in children as early as 5 years old.
Heart disease doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual process that builds over time leading up to a major health event. Changes in the vessels of our heart occur every day. Leading a life with high amounts of unmanaged stress in our lives also affects how quickly one might develop heart disease.
Being young doesn’t prevent us from having a heart attack. We have had patients in their 30’s in Cardiac Rehab after a heart attack. It happens and no one is not at risk - everyone is at risk.
Our lifestyle choices greatly impact our heart health.
- Do you operate day to day with high amounts of stress due to over commitment?
- Do you skip exercise because you are too busy, don’t have time or are too tired?
- Do you go to work sit at a desk for 8 hours and go home?
- When you get home are you active, or do you veg out in front of the TV, computer or phone?
- Do you eat to cope with stress?
- Do you buy convenience food items (fast food included) because it’s easier and it saves time?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, than you are not immune from heart disease. If you answered yes to any of these questions, than you should attend this event.
The free Live Smart for your Heart event is taking place on Tuesday, February 28. The evening will begin with a free light heart-healthy meal at 5:30 p.m. prepared by Crossing Rivers Health Nutrition Services followed by two 30-minute presentations with helpful information to improve your health. There will also be a time for discussion and questions from 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Owen Vincent will present A Lifestyle Medicine Approach to Metabolic Syndrome and will focus on lifestyle management of the risk factors that contribute to the disorder of Metabolic Syndrome. Pat, Austin, and Tammy will follow-up with practical information related to diet and exercise.
Changing lifestyle behaviors is not a one size fits all for each person- it is not about adhering to the latest and greatest quick fix to weight loss and heart healthy living. The key to living a heart healthy life is creating an individualized plan that is important to you and one that is realistic and easy to maintain. The goal of Live Smart for your Heart is sure to be full of useful information and captivating with our interactive presentation.
Reservations are encouraged to help hospital staff plan for the meal.