Time to Celebrate Salt Awareness Week

This week, March 12th-18th is National Salt Awareness Week! The purpose of this week is to help educate you, and others, on the proper sodium intake, the functions of sodium in your body and the side effects of excessive sodium intake. This initiative began in 2008 by the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH),…

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Shake the Salt Habit for National Salt Awareness Week!

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with 1 in every 4 deaths resulting from the condition.  Though genetic predisposition plays a role in developing cardiovascular disease, the reason why the incidence of this disease has reached exponential numbers is likely a result of poor lifestyle choices, including a high…

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Spring 2011: To Your Health

In this Issue: National Nutrition Month: Eat right with Color • The Long Awaited 2010 Dietary Guidelines Just Released • The Many Benefits of Berries • Spring into Soy • Bring Your Pressure Down During National High Blood Pressure Education Month • Featured Food of the Season: Zucchini Squash • Recipe of the Season: Stuffed Zucchini with Turkey, Brown Rice and Edamame

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Managing Your Blood Pressure by Lowering Your Sodium Intake

Regular check-ups with your physician will allow you to keep on top of your current blood pressure.  It is up to you to help reduce your risk of high blood pressure by maintaining a healthy eating plan low in sodium, a healthy body weight and regular exercise. Lowering your Sodium Intake Lowering your intake of…

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Top Ten Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

Apples: Apple pectin is a soluble fiber that helps remove the cholesterol from your body! Apples contain flavanoids which act as powerful anti-oxidants that seem to halt the “bad” cholesterol from accumulating in your bloodstream. Avocado: Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fats, a type of fat that may help to raise the “good”…

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Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Category Systolic (top number) Diastolic (bottom number) Normal Less than 120 mm Hg Less than 80 mm hg Prehypertension 120–139 80–89 Stage 1 hypertension 140–159 90–99 Stage 2 hypertension 160 or higher 100 or higher There is an exception to the above definition of high blood pressure. A blood pressure of 130/80 mmHg or higher…

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Easy Everyday Suggestions to Increase Your Physical Activity

One of the most important things you can do to prevent or control high blood pressure is to be physically active each day. Recommendations are made to engage in moderate-level physical activity for at least 30 minutes. If you are a sedentary individual and have not exercised in many years, you can begin by dividing…

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Managing Your Blood Pressure by Lowering Your Sodium Intake

Regular check-ups with your physician will allow you to keep on top of your current blood pressure.  It is up to you to help reduce your risk of high blood pressure by maintaining a healthy eating plan low in sodium, a healthy body weight and regular exercise. Lowering your Sodium Intake Lowering your intake of…

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