This Saturday, the American Heart Association is hosting a Heart Walk in the Greater Charlotte area to raise awareness and funds for research that helps fight heart disease. Many members of our team are walking. Here they share tips for heart health that you can use all year long.
My favorite tip for heart health is to explore new areas on foot. I walk everywhere I can… to the grocery, the post office, the coffee shop. I also keep a pair of walking shoes packed in my suitcase so can always head out on foot to explore. – Deanne Brandstetter, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND, VP, Nutrition & Wellness
While I try to eat the right foods and work out daily, there is one specific thing I do every morning to get primed for the day. Yoga. No, I’m not great at it, but that’s ok. Yes, I fall over. A lot. But just 5 minutes of yoga helps my mind prepare for the day and I’ve really noticed its lasting effects in keeping my anxiety and stress down – two big contributors to heart disease. – Leigh-Anne Wooten MS, RDN/LDN, FAND, LSS BB, Director, Specialized Wellness Solutions
We make exercise a family affair. Either taking walks before dinner, hiking on the weekends, or playing at the playground. We try to do it together because it makes it more fun. – Aliza Mason, RDN, Teaching Kitchen Program Manager
As for me, I take a food as medicine approach to heart health. I have a strong family history of heart disease risk factors, so prevention is important to me. I make sure that I enjoy foods that help keep my cholesterol in check every day – those with fiber and healthy fats. Nuts, fish, avocado and beans all make regular appearances on my plate.