Q: My Heart Age is a little high. What’s the best way to reduce it?
Your Heart Age, which is calculated as part of your annual HealthCheck, is an estimate of your cardiovascular health based on a number of inter-related factors, including your age, gender, and your specific HealthCheck measurements.
The key to reducing Heart Age is to make improvements in the risk factor(s) that are a problem for you. The five risk factors include:
- Blood Pressure
- Body Weight
- Blood Sugar
Work with your health coach to understand your results and target specific improvements you can make to reduce your Heart Age. You might be surprised at the results. For example, if you smoke cigarettes, just by quitting you can reduce your Heart Age by four years.
Protect your crew at work and home. “Getting your annual flu shot is a great way to keep yourself healthy through flu season,” says Nurse Denise Bradbury from the Health Center at Tulsa. “And it’s also a great way to protect those around you. The flu is very contagious. You wouldn’t want to pass it on to others – especially someone who would have a difficult time recovering, such as a young child or elderly person.”
Your on-site Health Center offers no-cost flu shots for your whole family. Watch for information about availability at your location.
The average American consumes over 130 pounds of sugar every year. That’s more than twice the amount recommended by the World Health Organization. Over half the sugar we consume is in the form of sodas, sweet tea, and other sugary drinks.
“It’s really become an epidemic,” says NP Kim French from the Health Center at River View. “It’s easy to get hooked on these tasty drinks. They have a lot of sugar and calories, which often lead to weight gain and contribute to health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. And, we all know how bad sugar is for dental health.” (more…)
Walking is a low-impact exercise that’s easy, free, and good for your body and your mind! So, take advantage of the summer weather, lace up your sneakers, and head out for a walk.
Walking 30 minutes a day:
- just 4 days a week can reduce risk of diabetes by nearly 60%,
- can burn 7 lbs of body fat a year,
- can drop systolic blood pressure by 6 points, and
- can reduce risk of heart disease by 50% and lower cholesterol.
Walking dramatically increases cancer survival rates — by 50% in women with breast cancer and 50% in patients with prostate cancer.
Walk yourself into a better mood: Studies show that even a 10-minute walk lowers cortisol levels (cortisol is a stress hormone), immediately improves your mood, and makes you feel happier.
As you enjoy the outdoors this summer, protect yourself and your family against two potential hazards:
Mosquitos and West Nile Virus
The mosquito population is greater than ever, thanks to all the rain this spring — increasing the risk of West Nile. The best way to avoid West Nile is to prevent mosquito bites in the first place. Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when weather permits, and use insect repellent for extra protection. Avoiding the outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active, can also help.
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Check for ticks after being outdoors. Removing them within 24 hours dramatically reduces your chance of getting Lyme disease. If you do show symptoms, including a rash and fever, see your doctor or health coach right away.
Do you have enough energy to enjoy the activities and people you love? When you received the results of your last HealthCheck, were you satisfied with your Heart Age? If not, what are you doing about it?
If you are just tucking your annual results report away, you are missing out on the true power of HealthCheck — the power to improve your health and boost your energy. If your Heart Age is too high and you had a few “FIX” results, ask your health coach about starting the HealthCheck90 program.