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“American Heart Month” is Your Time to Make Heart-Healthy Changes

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It happens every year in the U.S. in February. But do you even know about it? 

We’re talking about the month of February being “American Hearth Month.” It’s part of the Million Hearts® initiative and for 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a campaign called “Start Small. Live Big.”

For you, that means it’s time to start living a healthier life by taking the small, easy steps that will improve your heart health. Even these small steps can make a big difference in your cardiovascular health, as well as your overall health. If you’re over the age of 55, living in a retirement community, assisted living community or assisted living facility, it’s time to look at “American Heart Month” as a time to kick off your heart health improvement lifestyle.

Here are some simple ways that you can start improving your heart health. Let’s see how many you can start this month!

Get moving!

The first thing you can do is get a move on. Physical activity is important for a healthy heart. If it seems overwhelming to you, it doesn’t have to be. Four ways for you to be active involve starting out easy, movement and inviting someone or joining someone else in their activity.

Here’s how to start:

  • Just 5 minutes—Let’s start easy and build your confidence. You only need to start with 5 minutes to get immediate health benefits. And remember, you can start slowly. Also, starting out easy is a good way to build your confidence and then you can add more minutes over time.
  • Try walking—Walking is a perfect way to be more active. Try walking in the morning. Or take a walk in the afternoon. Go after dinner. Walk the halls or grounds of your community. 
  • Get moving—Take part in activities that get you moving. This could be swimming at your retirement community or assisted living facility. It’s walking, like we’ve already mentioned, activity classes, or other activities that involve moving around.
  • Do activities with someone else—Teamwork is good. Sharing your activity with someone else makes its more fun and it’s good motivation when you have someone doing something with you at your assisted living facility. So find someone to team up with.

Change up your eating

Your diet plays an important part of your heart health journey. Eat more fruits and vegetables, for example. You can choose fresh, canned, or frozen fruits and vegetables. One tip for you is to try filling half your plate at a meal with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Another good tip is to reduce your sodium intake. Eating too much salt increases your risks of high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. Avoid processed and packaged foods with high sodium.

Also, choose “healthy” fats. These fats include olive oil, avocados and nuts and are better for you than saturated fats from fatty meats and full-fat dairy products.

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Let us make the experience enjoyable for you! We invite you to schedule a visit and come out to experience the Bellaire at Devonshire difference for yourself.

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