February is American Heart Month
Healthy Lifestyle Tips Could Prevent or Reduce Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease
It’s American Heart Month.
Did you know that having diabetes doubles the risk of heart disease in men and triples in women?
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is a critical part of preventing and managing diabetes and heart disease.
Make sure to:
- Get screened. 1 in 4 people have diabetes and don’t know it.
- Follow healthy eating patterns such as the Mediterranean diet or DASH diet
- Get moving. Reduce hours spent sedentary and aim for 150-250 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
- Drop a few pounds if you are overweight. Research shows a weight loss of 7-10% of body weight helps prevent diabetes onset and helps keep it under control for those already diagnosed.
- Get plenty of sleep and manage stress
These self-care habits are especially important for prediabetic and diabetic children/teens. Diabetes complications often progress rapidly after diagnosis and become more difficult to manage than in adults.
For more information on diabetes self-management education, or to find a diabetes support program in your area, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BLYTHEDALE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND KOHLS EAT WELL, BE WELL NUTRITION PROGRAM. FOR MORE TIPS AND INFORMATION VISIT WWW.BLYTHEDALE.ORG/KOHLS
Blythedale Children's Hospital, through the generosity of Kohl’s Department Stores, is proud to offer Blythedale and Kohl's Eat Well, Be Well, an innovative outreach program designed to bring health and nutrition education to schools throughout Westchester and Putnam counties. Through this program, Blythedale staff members teach healthy eating habits to children by providing curricula, training and educational tools to school districts throughout the area. The program provides general nutrition guidelines to students, parents and school faculty. Blythedale Children's Hospital offers experts in nutrition and health-education to speak with local parenting groups, PTAs and school personnel.
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