Exercise and ‘chill out’ for healthy heart
People in the Limavady area have a fantastic opportunity to “really buy into” a Council ethos which promotes cardiac health here, says Limavady Active Lifestyles officer Andy Chapman.
Andy was speaking after top nutritionist Morna Jardine of Vital Nutrition offered a presentation on cholesterol balance, maintaining healthy blood pressure and supporting heart health at the Council office last week.
Northern Ireland is known for having one of the highest rates of heart disease in the world and Limavady Borough Council already offers the Cardiac Phase IV Rehabilitation Programme to people who have suffered a cardiac event, facilitated at Roe Valley Leisure Centre.
Andy said: “We already have a strong programme in place here that offers rehabilitation for those who have already suffered from cardiac related health problems but it’s great to see positive steps being taken to educate on healthy eating for a healthy heart, as a preventative measure.”
There are several major risk factors associated with heart disease, including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stress, poor eating habits, smoking and being overweight.
The good news is that you can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle, Morna told those present at the seminar.
She said: “You should aim to cut out salt and lower your sugar intake. Try to avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking.” Morna explained that exercise and some “chill out” time are highly recommended.
“I would always encourage people to relax. Do something every day to help you switch off… read a book, be creative, do some yoga or just take a few deep breaths,” she said.
The issue of good and bad fats was another talking point at the seminar. Morna advised, “Eat plenty of essential fats… things like oily fish at least three times a week, and eat nuts and seeds (not the salted kind) every day.”
“Also, cut down on saturated fats and trans fats found in animal fats, biscuits, cakes, pastries and ready meals. Cut back on saturated fat by swapping red meat for white meat or fish,” she added.
The Vital Nutrition group has a strong social networking service, with a presence on Facebook and Twitter.
For information on various health programmes being offered by Roe Valley Leisure Centre contact, Tel: 028 77764009.
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