Recently, the American Heart Association has made a paradigm shift in its approach to heart disease from how to treat heart disease to how to prevent heart disease. “It’s a much more prevention-oriented goal than we have had in the past. The goal is to shift the population to a healthier lifestyle” according to Dr. Ralph L. Sacco, president of the American Heart Association.
The means of reaching their goal of improving cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% and reducing death from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% are:
- Get active – 2 ½ hours of moderate exercise per week.
- Control cholesterol.
- Eat better – include more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and less sodium and fats.
- Manage blood pressure – keep below 120/80
- If overweight, lose weight.
- Reduce blood sugar.
- Don’t smoke.
The wellness program, CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Program), teaches people how to achieve these and other goals that reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 96%. Over 7,000 people in the Rockford, Illinois area have achieved better health from this scientifically-proven program. For more information visit www.CHIPhealth.com or call 815-316-6361.