The World Heart Day, celebrated on September
29, 2013, focuses on women and children and how certain steps taken right from
childhood can reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease especially in this
was once considered a disease of older
men. Young women do have some immunity against certain heart diseases due to
the protective effect of the hormone estrogen, but current lifestyles would
probably give estrogen a tough time to maintain good cardiac health. In fact,
heart disease is responsible for every one in three deaths in women. Lifestyle
changes will not only benefit the women; their children would also probably get
influenced as well to lead a heart
The cases of heart attacks and similar heart
diseases may yet be few in children. However, if children are encouraged to
adopt healthy lifestyles
, the habit is likely to remain with them throughout
their lives and will lead to a healthy heart in adulthood.
cause significant number
of disabilities and deaths the world over. Thus, one should not wait till the
age of 30 or 40 plus to adopt healthy changes. It is necessary to take steps
early to prevent even the initial adverse changes taking place in the body.
Here are some of the things that young people can be encouraged to do to keep
their heart healthy:
Children of today spend a lot of time in front of the television and fail to
run about outdoors. This leads to obesity
, which is spreading among kids like
wildfire. A simple, brisk walk
for at least 30 minutes for most days of the
week can keep your heart happy and healthy.
Eat a healthy
quick-fix meal consisting of junk food
is the easy way out, it's true.
Unfortunately, junk food is not good for the heart, or any part of the body for
that matter. Food should consist of a balanced diet complete with fresh fruits
and green leafy vegetables
. The intake of oil especially saturated fats should
be controlled. Salt increases blood pressure and therefore its intake should
not be excessive.
Besides the temporary good feeling, smoking
is not associated with anything
beneficial. However, the list of the health problems it can cause can go on and
on. Quit smoking
to prevent further damage to your heart.
These simple yet much ignored steps can protect not
only against heart disease but against a number of associated conditions including
obesity and diabetes. It's time to think about what lifestyle changes you need
to do to take care of your heart and put your thoughts into action - and what
better day would it be to start that the World Heart Day!