Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

UACCM's Wellness Is Necessary Committee (W.I.N.) 

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February is almost over but we have a little bit more to share for Heart Health Month! Here are simple things that you can do daily to keep your heart healthy.

Not All Fats Are Equal

Some fats are necessary in our daily diet such as saturated, polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats. These are healthy fats, but consuming trans fats increases the risk of heart disease. It raises your bad cholesterol levels (LDL), lowers good cholesterol levels (HDL), and harms blood flow. Look for food with no trans fats. 

Brush and Floss

Dental health is often an indicator of the state of your heart heath. Gum disease can move into your bloodstream and can raise the risk of stroke and heart disease. Brush and floss to keep up with your dental hygiene.

Get Enough Sleep

Too little sleep raises the risk of cardiovascular disease, as some researchers believe that someone lacking enough sleep may be twice as likely to have a stroke or a heart attack. It is recommended to get seven or eight hours of sleep every night. 

Don't Sit for Too Long of a Time

Sedentary jobs in an office environment where one sits for long periods of time can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease. Take the opportunity to walk around campus or in your building during the day, use stairs instead of an elevator, and exercise after work. 

Avoid Secondhand Smoke

While smoking is not allowed on campus, avoid secondhand smoke outside of work.
According to the American Heart Association, exposure to tobacco smoke contributes to about over 40,000 deaths each year, either from heart disease or cancer. Nonsmokers who have high blood pressure or cholesterol especially at risk of developing heart problems due to secondhand smoke. 

To learn more about ways to to keep your heart healthy, visit health.clevelandclinic.org/5-things-to-do-every-day-to-keep-your-heart-healthy

About W.I.N.

UACCM's Wellness Is Necessary committee, a group of employees who work to make UACCM a healthy environment for all.



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