Heart Week 28 April – 4 May

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Heart Week by the Heart Foundation Australia is celebrated from 28 April – 4 May. Heart week aims to start a conversation surrounding the importance of good heart health and highlight steps that can be taken towards achieving this. A few of these are outlined below:

 

Get moving!

Regular physical activity is great for heart health! It’s never too late to start exercising, our allied health clinics offer individualised exercise programs to suit a range of goals and needs. Exercise can be plenty of fun when surrounded by friends, consider joining our yoga, pilates or fitball fitness class to start moving in a social environment.

 

Manage diabetes

Research repeatedly suggests a strong link between diabetes and heart disease, this is because diabetes can change the chemical makeup of substances found in the blood and can cause blood vessels to narrow. If you have diabetes and are worried about your risk of heart disease visit your doctor or consider joining our clinical group class “dealing with diabetes” at the Healthy Connections clinic for further information and support.

 

Enjoy a well-balanced diet

Diet is central to key components of heart health, including blood pressure, cholesterol and body weight. The heart foundation recommends a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats as well as a lowered salt intake. What exactly is a healthy fat though? Fat often gets a bad name in the media, however, fat found in whole foods such as avocado, salmon, nuts and seeds can be beneficial in balancing your cholesterol and boosting your omega 6 intake. To learn more about healthy and unhealthy fats consider visiting the Heart Foundation website.

 

Look after your mental health

It is a lesser known fact that a link between poor mental health and heart disease exists. Depression and social isolation are known risk factors for developing heart disease, if you are feeling socially isolated consider joining an activity group at Burnie Brae to meet new people and create lasting connections.

 

For more information on heart health visit the Heart Foundation Australia website at www.heartfoundation.org.au