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Keep Your Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women; one in every three deaths is due to heart disease or stroke. Heart disease is largely preventable. You can lower your risk of developing heart disease by taking preventive measures, including:

  • Achieve and maintain a healthy fat percentage. We have 2 body composition analyzers at the clinic and can give you a free reading with a printout. Talk to Mary, Matt or Tami about this next time you're in the clinic.

  • Get 7 to 9 hours of good quality sleep every night

  • Manage stress in healthy ways (physical activity, relaxation techniques, support systems, counseling) as opposed to unhealthy ways (tobacco, alcohol, overeating)

  • See your Primary Care Provider for preventive well visits and keep tabs on your blood pressure and cholesterol. Call us at 509-388-2345 to schedule today!

  • Eat healthy; choose heart healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables & limit saturated and trans fats as well as added sugars. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of added sugar per day for women and no more than 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of added sugar per day for men.

Did you know?

The Average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day- that's an extra 350 calories! Nutritionally, our bodies don't need ANY added sugar. To cut back on your added sugars, avoid sweet drinks, cereals with sugar listed first or second on the ingredient list, cereal bars, instant oatmeal with added flavoring, pastries, and sweet yogurts.

An important fact to remember when reading nutrition labels is that 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon.

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