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Heart Healthy

Heart Healthy
          February is American Heart Month. That seems to make sense since it also coincides with Valentine’s Day. So, let’s review a few tips to help keep our heart healthy.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in our society. The American Heart Association has many resources and events to help raise awareness. Hopefully these efforts will turn the rising tide of heart disease.

The risk of heart disease significantly increases as excess weight increases. Excess weight puts significant stress on the cardiovascular system. We can all start by eating better. A few really simple dietary rules can get us on track.

Limiting or moderating food and total calorie intake is a good start. Three easy rules can get us on the road to better body composition. Reduce intake of saturated fats, reduce intake of simple sugars, and try to eliminate all trans fats such as hydrogenated oils. Doing this leaves us with a diet of lean meats, whole grains, and lots of fruit and vegetables.

Smoking is another activity that drastically increases the risk of heart disease. There are many resources to help reduce and quit smoking. For smokers simply stopping is the number one most healthy thing you can do.

Starting an exercise or fitness program can substantially reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderately strenuous exercise at least five times per week. Working exercise into your daily routine can be fun, healthy, and allow you to live better and longer.

Most of all, our heathier lifestyles will set a positive example for the coming generation so we can all enjoy a healthier, happier, and more productive community. Join our Daggett Shuler team in working toward a healthier 2011!

P.S.  Please join us in fighting distracted driving and help spread the message. We created a short video, “Distracted Driving is Like Driving Blind!” Please help spread the message, and enter to win a flip video. Please watch the video and share with at least one friend to win. Thanks and be safe!

The video ideo is here on Facebook. The video is also on our YouTube channel. Watch the video and Enter to win a Flip video camera.

Thanks for helping to spread the message and do something about this problem we all face! 

I would like to take time to thank the staff at Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law. To Megan Youngblood for helping me get my disability started; thank you so much for everything!

Olivia Winston