Have a Heart-Healthy Holiday

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 General News
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DALLAS, Oct. 9 Between parties, late nights,feasts and traveling, the holidays can play havoc with a health regimen. TheAmerican Heart Association provides tools and tips to ensure that positivehealth habits play an important part of any holiday celebration.

Move More This Season

Make a New Year's resolution to join Start!, the American HeartAssociation's worksite wellness campaign, by going to "MyStart! Online" foraccess to a free fitness and nutrition tracker and to find out how you can getin better shape and your place of business can become fit-friendly.

For many women, the winter months mean less physical activity. But you canmanage to fit in fitness during the busy holiday season with help from thefree Choose To Move program. This 12-week physical activity plan can helpwomen of all ages and lifestyles focus on fitness. The program offers exerciseand nutrition tips along with flavorful and easy-to-prepare recipes.

Cold weather doesn't have to mean couch time for kids. Visit the Parentssection of HealthierGeneration.org, where you will find creative ideas on howto keep your family moving during the winter months.

Eat Your Way to a Healthier Holiday

Because the winter months are often a time to feast, eat wisely and Facethe Fats by familiarizing yourself with trans and saturated fat, and replacethem with "better" fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Before you head to the supermarket, use the American Heart Association'sfree online grocery list builder to create a heart-healthy shopping listfilled with products bearing the heart-check mark. It's your assurance thefood is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and/or high in whole grains.Remember Your Risks during the Holidays

If you are one of the 100 million Americans who have high blood pressure,talk to your doctor before you are exposed to colds and the flu this holidayseason. High blood pressure patients need to be aware that many commondecongestants can raise their blood pressure even more and may conflict withprescribed blood pressure medications.

The rate of depression in the population peaks during holiday months. Aheart or stroke patient who has recently suffered an event may be particularlyvulnerable. The American Heart Association has resources to help manage andidentify depression for both patients and their caregivers.

Giving From the Heart

This holiday season, not only can you give gifts that friends and familywill want or need, but you will also be supporting American Heart Associationprograms.

Go Red For Women merchandise can be purchased online at ShopGoRed.org tohelp support the movement's mission: empowering women to wipe out heartdisease, their No. 1 killer.

Power To End Stroke merchandise such as tote bags, gym bags, clothing,cookbooks and more can be purchased online at ShopPower.org. Your purchasesupports the Power To End Stroke campaign, which is targeted toward AfricanAmericans, who have an increased risk of stroke compared to other groups.

To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org/holiday.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation'soldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to buildinghealthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America'sNo. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim over870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2005-06 the association invested over$543 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy andcommunity service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives.To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

SOURCE American Heart Association

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