Take care of your ticker
February is all about the heart. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s National Heart Health month too. So why not take some time to listen to your heart and take the steps to a healthier you?
Six million Canadian adults – one in five – have high blood pressure, and it’s estimated that over 700,000 aren’t even aware they have they have this condition.
High blood pressure causes the heart to work harder to pump nutrient and oxygen rich blood to the body and increases the risk of serious health conditions such as stroke, heart attack, heart disease, and kidney failure.
So why not show your heart some love by taking the steps to be heart smart this year.
- The way to a healthy heart starts on your plate: A diet rich in vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy, and low saturated fat helps to lower blood pressure. Following a plan for healthy eating can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower already elevated blood pressure.
- Easy on the salt: You need salt for your bodies to work properly, but the less salt you consume the greater the decrease you will see in your blood pressure.
- Get moving: There are lots of ways to work physical activity into your day like WOW! fitness classes, taking a break to go for a walk, joining The City’s Active Living Program, or taking a break to stretch no matter if you work outside or in an office.
- Butt out: It’s hard to quit smoking, but The City’s EFAP provider has resources to help you quit for good. The City’s benefits program also covers smoking cessation drugs to help you butt out.
We can all take steps to maintain and improve our health. This February listen to what your ticker can tell you by booking your appointment for a health screening clinic or by making small changes that will take care of your heart - so your heart can take care of you.
Wellness. Together we make it happen.