Your Healthy Heart Kit

The key to a healthier heart is to be prepared. Find out what you should have in your healthy heart kit.

Your Healthy Heart Kit

The best way to ensure a healthier heart is to be prepared! Find out what are the four key items you should have in your healthy heart kit.

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#1 - Tape Measure

Not all fat is created equal. Just stepping on a scale doesn't give you all the information you need to know about your weight. The location of your fat is also important and this is where waist size comes in. Belly fat, for example, has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. To be sure you're keeping your heart as healthy as possible, use a tape measure to check your waist circumference. It should ideally be less than half of your height.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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