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Florida Heart Group Offers 6 Tips for Healthier Living in Recognition of National Nutrition Month


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/EINPresswire.com/ The National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors National Nutrition Month each year during March. As its name suggests, the campaign focuses attention on making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and exercise habits.

In recognition of this event, and because heart disease often results from unhealthy eating and physical activity habits, Florida Heart Group is releasing six tips for helping individuals lead healthier lifestyles.

“We recognize the leading killer of both women and men in the United States

is one of the many forms of heart disease. We believe that preventing the condition, rather than reacting to it once it occurs, is the best treatment approach. We hope that by releasing these simple tips, the general public will be able to lead healthier lives unaffected by heart disease,” said the Florida vascular clinic’s CEO Andrew Laverghetta.

Florida Heart Group’s Orlando doctors recommend all individuals implement the following tips into their own lives to experience the best results:

1. Beverages – Drink plenty of refreshing, calorie-free water and nutrient-rich, low-fat milk each day. It is recommended to drink a maximum of 4-6 ounces of juice per day, while remembering to avoid soft drinks, sweetened teas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and alcohol as much as possible.
2. Exercise – During every season of the year, adults should aim for 30 minutes of activity each day, while children should get 60 minutes of exercise on a daily basis.
3. Women’s health – For women planning on becoming pregnant, doctors recommend they consume 400 micrograms per day of folic acid to minimize the chances of certain birth defects, such as spina bifida. Women should also eat healthy fats such as omega-3 and monounsaturated fats found in nuts, olive oil, canola oil, and fish.
4. Eating healthy at school – Children have total control over how they eat at school. Parents can help children make smart choices by providing a healthy breakfast each morning, packing a healthy lunch and snack, and teaching them how to make healthy eating choices on their own.
5. Low salt diet – Salt is available at high levels in obvious places – at fast food restaurants, for example. But, the AHA notes that most sodium comes from packaged, processed foods. The AHA recommends consuming less than 1500 mg (about ½ teaspoon) of salt per day.
6. Manage blood pressure – By maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, eating a balanced diet, avoiding salt, limiting alcohol intake, and avoiding tobacco smoke, individuals can reduce their chances of experiencing high blood pressure, a leading risk factor of heart disease.

Individuals choosing to follow these tips minimize their chances of heart disease and will experience reduced levels of stress, while also prolonging their life. People who are concerned about their health, or who experience any of the following heart attack signs should visit Florida Heart Group immediately for a checkup:

Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach
Shortness of breath prior to chest discomfort
Nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, sudden dizziness, or breaking out into a cold sweat
Sleep problems, fatigue, or lack of energy

Individuals concerned about their heart’s health are recommended to visit the Florida cardiology practice for a preventative screening Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can schedule an appointment or ask questions by calling (407) 894-4472.

About Florida Heart Group: Florida Heart Group was founded in 1979 and has since grown into a local leader in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart disease.

The practice offers than 19 cardiologists and numerous specializations such as Peripheral Vascular Technology, Interventional Cardiology, Women’s Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Arrhythmia, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, and Diagnostic Imaging. Helpful information is offered to patients regularly on its blog and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Media Contact:
Andrew Laverghetta
Florida Heart Group
407-894-4474
www.fhg.org



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