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We will do just anything to keep our loved ones safe and sound. This heart month, we want to share tips on how to keep you and your family’s hearts healthy.

1. Avoid or quit smoking.
Yes, you read that right. If you want to be healthy, stop smoking. This is the single most important thing you can do for heart health. We know it is not that easy. But, think of it this way, when you quit, you not only get your health back but you are also saving your family from the dangers of second-hand smoke. Talk about sacrifice!

Find out what happens just hours after you quit smoking!

2. Avoid fatty and sugary foods.
Whether you are a child or an adult, if you have poor lifestyle choices, your risks of having diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are likely. Eat a variety of nutritious foods, limit alcohol intake, and consume salt at the minimum. Avoid unhealthy fats and replace them with healthy ones.

As you know, fat deposits begin as early as childhood; and so does pre-diabetes. Therefore, healthy eating habits must be practiced at home, early in life. It is much easier to sustain a healthy diet when it is already your natural preference ingrained from childhood. Help your children develop a taste for nutritious food without added sugar.

3. Be active.
The best way to manage screen time is to be active as a family. Exercise with the whole family or maybe play more frequently at the park. Whichever way suits you best, make sure to involve everyone in your family in getting active and fit every day. Here’s a quick and easy family workout routine you can try!

4. Manage your cholesterol and blood pressure.
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and diabetes, make sure you manage them well to avoid more serious health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Learn more about good and bad cholesterol and its management and, understand, and learn how to manage diabetes.

5. Lastly, look after your mental well-being.
Many studies have shown that people with high-stress levels, anxiety or depression are more likely to develop heart disease than people who do not. Having good relationships with friends and family can be of great help. Depression is more than feeling sad. If you feel anxious or low for several weeks, talk to your health provider. Sunshine has an amazing and well-trained behavioral health team who can help.
 

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