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Working as a Community: Hearts are Healthier Together!

February 13, 2020

Working as a Community:  Hearts are healthier together!

Hermann Area District Hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness in our community.  Studies show that you can live a heart healthy life by connecting with others.  Here’s how to start:

Move more:  invite a co-worker, friend, family member or kids to join you for regular walks or an exercise video or class.

Eat healthy foods: eat healthy, together. Studies suggest that we tend to eat like our friends and family.  Your healthy choices may inspire them. Find heart healthy DASH recipes at:   www.healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov/.

Be smoke-free together: www.BeTobaccoFree.hhs.gov/ and www.Smokefree.gov . Both have many free resources to help you.

Reduce stress and improve sleep: practice deep breathing, meditation, taking with someone you can trust to help you cope with stress and sleep better.  If you need help, HADH has skilled therapists that can help. Call Southwest Medical Associates at 486-2118 or Hermann Medical Arts at 486-2045 to set up an appointment with a licensed therapist.  Follow healthy sleep practices such as having a regular bedtime and not eating late at night.

Aim for a healthy weight. Join a buddy or family member in working on weight loss. You’ll both be more successful.

Track your heart health stats, together: and keep logs of your blood pressures, weight goals, physical activity, and if you have diabetes, your blood sugars. Check out the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes Healthy Blood Pressure for Healthy Hearts: Tracking Your Numbers worksheet at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension.