Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Heart Health and link to Daniel Hale Williams Biography

Black Health Month

Cardiovascular issues are often seen in the Black community, especially heart disease and high blood pressure.  We can prevent and reduce some of these issues with a few good healthy habits.

1st -- Find out what your blood pressure (BP) is right now.  You can go to Walgreens, or any local drug store in your neighborhood to check your blood pressure.  Many stores have automated blood pressure machines that you can use for free (usually near the pharmacy). 

A lot of people don't want to know what their blood pressure is, or other health statuses.  But wouldn't you rather know so you can DO SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT IT rather than drop dead of the silent death--otherwise known as stroke?  Of course you want to know!

2nd -- Once you know your blood pressure (low-to-normal but still good = no more than 120/80; borderline or what is known as pre-hypertension = a little above 120/80; or hypertension = way over 120/80), then you can take the next steps.

If you pressure is low-to-normal but still good, you want to maintain it.  Continue exercising.  You say you don't exercise right now but your BP is good?  Well lucky you!  But you can't ride on that wave forever.  Take some preventative steps so you won't have high BP.  Walk at least 30 minutes a day to keep the blood flowing.  Make sure it's at least a brisk walk...not that slow-stroll,-window-shopping walk.  You ant to break a sweat or feel a little worked out (also burns fat).  Exercise is great for those with pre-hypertension or hypertension. 

3rd -- Feed your body!  Or better yet, nourish your body.  Don't just eat something to make your stomach stop growling.  You want to eat well balanced meals, with FRUITS, VEGGIES, WHOLE WHEAT, THE GOOD FATS (like Omega-3's), WATER (a lots of it!).  And more importantly you want to prepare what you eat in a healthier way to keep your Ticker ticking just right. 

Stay tuned for the Eat Good Tastes Good page with preparation and cooking tips.

4th -- Find a way to Relax, Release, and Rejuvenate yourself.  Stress can cause high BP and eventually lead to strokes. 


Black History Month

Daniel Hale Williams Biography - Biography.com