Posts Tagged ‘healthy lifestyle’

Don’t Underestimate Your Risk of Heart Disease

Female doctor with the stethoscope holding heart

Too often women assume heart disease isn’t something they need to worry about. Unfortunately this isn’t the case. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death women in the U.S., claiming nearly 290,000 lives each year. So what can you do to protect yourself? Manage your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, quit smoking and eat a healthy diet low in saturate fats. For more tips for protecting your heart health, read Roper St. Francis’ article “A Woman’s Guide to Beating Heart Disease.

March Newsletter: Spring Has Arrived!

Senior African American Woman Exercising In Park

 

Our March newsletter has information on Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, healthy eating, recommitting to your resolutions and more! Click here to read our March newsletter.

Where Are You With Your Resolutions?

Senior African American Woman Exercising In Park

Remember oh so long ago on January 1st when you set a number of resolutions for yourself for the New Year? Well here it is, the end of February—the perfect time to re-visit whether or not your resolutions are working for or against you. Why did I phrase it like that? Because if your goal was to work out more or lose weight, and you’ve yet to do either 2 months into the New Year, then something isn’t working. Maybe you started out with determination and resolve but after a few weeks lost your motivation. Or maybe you gave up after just one or two half-hearted attempts to make it to the gym. Perhaps a nasty cold or the flu derailed you for a week and you never got back to your healthier habits. Regardless of how it happened, now is a great time to start over or re-double your efforts. Grab a friend or family member with similar goals and hold each other accountable. With Spring (and warmer temperatures and longer days!) right around the corner, it is a lot easier to commit to nightly walks after dinner or a bike ride a few times a week. The supermarkets start to fill up with delicious fruits and vegetables at more affordable prices this time of year. Spring is a time for new growth in nature, so use that as a motivator for your own personal growth.

Finding out exactly why you weren’t able to stick to your resolutions is key to success the second time around. Perhaps you set impossible goals for yourself or your goals weren’t specific enough. It is easier to stick to a plan that doesn’t call for a complete overhaul of your life all at one time. If you don’t work out at all, setting a goal to work out for an hour a day might be a stretch. Start slowly by incorporating three 30 minute physical activities (that you enjoy!) into your week and ramp up as that becomes routine. If your diet needs tweaking, swap out a healthy breakfast or dinner three days a week rather than forbidding all of the food you enjoy. The feeling of accomplishment you get from achieving these smaller goals will spur you towards your ultimate goal and keep you motivated to make more healthy changes along the way!