Lately, in the nutrition class I work with on campus, we talked about how little lifestyle changes can have a large impact in the long-term, including in regards to our risk for developing health conditions such as cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Many individuals aren’t aware of their risk for CVD. Mayo Clinic has developed this tool to help individuals become more aware of their risk and recognize the impact little changes can make in lowering their risk and increasing their quality of health.
Here is the link to the interactive tool: Heart Disease Risk Calculator.
Some of the recommends to lower our risk for Heart Disease include the following:
Increase intake of fruits and vegetables: Have you ever heard of the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)? This dietary lifestyle focuses on increasing intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, low-fat dairy, and small quantities of meat while lowering the intake of sodium. It has been shown to help lower systolic blood pressure, as described by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Less sodium and added sugar: One lifestyle behavior the American Heart Association recommends to increase our quality of health and lower our risk for developing CVD is to lower our intake of sodium and added sugars.
Increase Physical Activity: The American Heart Association also recommends being more physically active.
What are some of your tricks to cut back on the salt and added sugar in recipes? I have found that herbs and spices add flavor with little sodium added. Using fruits in dishes also helps cut back on added sugars.
What is your favorite way to get up and moving?