Preventing the number one killer among women

Mother’s Day is all about those special women in our lives. They do so much to take care of us sometimes they may forget to put themselves first.

That’s why it’s important to remind your mom about living a healthy lifestyle because heart disease is the number one killer among women.

The American Heart Association reports heart disease and stroke causes 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. That’s more than all cancers combined, but 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action like exercising!

Trainer and mother of three, Linda Conn teaches people to stay active at Energy Fitness in Paducah. She says some activity daily is better than none at all.

“Get outside and walk. Go outside and work in your yard and sometimes you may want to do that in small units of time, not all at once. Maybe do ten minutes of walking, then go outside and work in your yard a little bit,” Conn said.

The American Heart Association says just 30 minutes of exercise a day can provide many heart-healthy benefits, like improving blood circulation or cholesterol levels.   

“Leading an inactive lifestyle and not exercising is one of the biggest risk factors,” Conn said.

The American Heart Association also recommends a healthy diet for prevention with at least 4 and a half cups of fruits and vegetables a day as well as 3 and a half ounces a week in fish like salmon along with whole grains.

Mom Ivette Perrault tries to teach her daughters about healthy eating.  They try to stay away from sugary drinks and lots of sodium which also helps in preventing heart disease.

“We normally do a bunch of fruits and vegetables. We try to stay away from carbohydrates,” Perrault said.

The American Heart Association says keeping a healthy weight and managing your blood sugar as well as avoiding smoking also helps in preventing heart disease.

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