PROTECT YOUR HEART

Want to lead a healthy, happy, productive life? If so, do you protect your heart? Well, heart health is just one of the topics our business is passionate about. That’s why we support the American Heart Association and their goal to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.


Your heart is in your hands

Your heart is in your hands

The advocacy work done by the AHA involves all levels of government and the private sector and focuses on prevention. It highlights the need to reach out to the most disadvantaged in our society and achieve health equality for the entire population.

So let’s make a start…with matters of the heart!


Regular physical activity helps protect your heart

Regular physical activity, such as walking, is just one of the ways to help you stay fit and healthy through middle age and beyond

BABIES

Protect your heart begins with congenital heart defects in babies
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For a newborn diagnosed with congenital heart defects, critical care begins immediately

Did you know that just a few years ago this non-profit helped get a law passed in California which ensures that every baby born in a birthing facility is given the pulse oximetry test to identify critical congenital heart defects? We will keep you posted as soon as we hear of other States adopting similar legislation. As you can see, saving lives begins early!

SMOKING

Educating our youth about the perils of taking up smoking and assisting those who already smoke to give it up, is so very necessary. Statistics show that smoking (and this includes cigars and pipes, not just cigarettes) is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the US. Quite shocking, wouldn’t you agree? Smokers are at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and quitting definitely helps lungs and heart recover and heal.

If you want to protect your heart, give up smoking

If you smoke, your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke increase

STRESS

This is a word that’s not used nearly enough when talking about what affects our health in a negative way. And it certainly should be when discussing how to protect your heart. Realizing this all too well, the American Heart Association offers guidance on how to manage the levels of stress in our life.

You can develop an action plan according to your own personal needs. You implement and practice. For example, say to yourself, “I can handle this one step at a time” instead of “everything is going wrong.” Stop for a moment and do something you enjoy, like listening to music. It’s that simple. Really!

Depression affects our health in a negative way

When depression is deep and prolonged, it can also effect your physical wellbeing

Minimizing stress will help you stay healthy

Stress can affect your health in a negative way if you do not learn to manage it. Photo by Ariel Camilo.

EATING

Healthy eating with a daily intake of a wide variety of nutritious foods is an effective way to keep heart disease at bay. Make smart dietary choices from a reliable source such as AHA’s own cookbooks and consumer publications. They help you understand those complicated-looking food labels and even show you the best ways to snack!

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

This takes many different forms and doesn’t have to be strenuous or prolonged to be effective. The consequences of being physically inactive are quite alarming. In the USA, 65% of all adults are either overweight or obese.  Not only does this put a physical and financial burden on individuals; in turn, it affects employers and is detrimental to the nation’s economy.  Start slow. Start easy. Check out Start Walking Now. It’s a great, doable program from AHA that could get you moving…in the right direction!

MORE TOPICS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR HEART

To read about other highly informative topics directly related to the goals of the American Heart Association and more ways to protect your heart, please click on the links below.

Heart Attack Signs

American Heart Association Diet

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“4 Beats” heart glass pendant to benefit American Heart Association.


“Dot the H” heart glass pendant benefits American Heart Association.


“Teeny Lilac” is one of our unique glass heart pendants
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“Teeny Lilac” heart glass pendant to benefit American Heart Association.


“Teeny Pink” heart glass pendant will benefit American Heart Association.


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If you want to keep fit and heart-healthy by walking on a regular basis, we recommend you visit AHA’s award-winning web site http://www.startwalkingnow.org since it has great ideas on how to get started.

Quick and easy to use, you can find a walking path near you, and it doesn’t have to be outdoors. There are even designated ones in shopping malls and at airports. It gives you the option to select according to path distance and difficulty.

Don’t fancy walking alone? Join a walking club. And if there isn’t one in your neighborhood, you can always start one of your own. Help is at your fingertips!