February is National Heart Month- a great time to make sure your ticker is still tickin’ properly. We’ve all heard it: change your diet, maintain a healthy weight, be physically active, quit smoking. But why? Can this advice really help you lower your cholesterol and improve your heart health? YES! Making small changes in your daily routine can add up to big benefits and help you live a healthier, more balanced life.
Keeping a healthy weight is key in controlling your blood pressure and lowering your risk of heart disease. A diet low in saturated fats and rich in fruit and veggies can lower your risk by 73%.
30 minutes of activity a day can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Your risk of coronary heart disease will be cut in half within a year.
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High blood pressure is the #1 risk factor for stoke and a major factor for heart disease.
The American Heart Association recommends checking your heart health at least once every two years – but it might be better to do so annually if high blood pressure runs in your family.
All screenings are covered under Independence Administrators with a $10 copay. As of April 1, 2020, you will receive a FREE preventative screening once per Plan year.
To search for providers, visit the Independence Administrators website MYIBXTPABENEFITS.COM