Celebrate A Healthy Heart by Eating Healthy and Living Healthy!

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A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease. It’s not as hard as you may think!  Remember, it’s the overall pattern of your choices that counts. Make the simple steps below part of your life for long-term benefits to your health and your heart.According to the American Heart Association you should not eat more than what you plan on using up in calories on a daily basis.  People tend to overindulge in calories and they also tend to remain on the couch too often.  Practicing a healthy lifestyle and diet can help reduce your risk for heart disease. . Make the simple steps below part of your life for long-term benefits to your health and your heart. The American Heart Association recommends the following: #HeartHealthMonth #BestHomeHealth #HOC #February #AmericanHeartAssociation

Use up at least as many calories as you take in.

  • Start by knowing how many calories  you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight.
  • Don’t eat more calories than you know you can burn up every day.
  • Increase the amount and intensity of your physical activity to match the number of calories you take in.
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week or — best of all — at least 30 minutes every day.

If you would benefit from lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol, the American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of aerobic exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity three to four times a week.


Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups.

You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients but are lower in calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight, cholesterol and your blood pressure.

To get the nutrients you need, eat a dietary pattern that emphasizes:

  • fruits, vegetables
  • whole grains
  • low-fat dairy products,
  • poultry, fish and nuts,
  • while limiting red meat and sugary foods


Eat less of the nutrient-poor foods.

The right number of calories to eat each day is based on your age and physical activity level and whether you’re trying to gain, lose or maintain your weight. You could use your daily allotment of calories on a few high-calorie foods and beverages, but you probably wouldn’t get the nutrients your body needs to be healthy. Limit foods and beverages high in calories but low in nutrients. Also limit the amount of saturated fat, trans fat and sodium,  you eat. Read nutrition labels  carefully — the Nutrition Facts panel tells you the amount of healthy and unhealthy nutrients in a food or beverage.

As you make daily food choices, base your eating pattern on these recommendations:

  • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.
  • Eat fish at least twice a week. Recent research shows that eating oily fish containing fatty omega 3(for example, salmon, trout and herring) may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease.
  • Select fat-free, 1 percent fat and low-fat dairy products.
  • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
  • To lower cholesterol reduce saturated fat to no more than 5 to 6 percent of total calories. For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that’s about 13 grams of saturated fat.
  • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars
  • Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. To lower blood pressure, aim to eat no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day. Reducing daily intake to 1,500 mg is desirable because it can lower blood pressure even further.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man.
  • Follow the American Heart Association recommendations when you eat out, and keep an eye on your portion sizes


Also, don’t smoke tobacco — and avoid secondhand smoke.

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About Hands of Compassion

Hands of Compassion HomeCare is a Medicare-certified, CHAP accredited, and licensed Home Health Agency that cares for qualified elderly and disabled persons. Services provided include: Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Home Health Aides and Companions. They serve 34 counties in Texas and have locations in both Midland, Texas and Abilene, Texas. For the last 5 years Hands of Compassion was recognized by Homecare Elite, which ranked them in the top 25 percent in the nation. “Healthcare that unites hands with hearts.” #BestHomehealth #HOC #Abilene #PermianBasin #HomecareElite

Please contact Hands of Compassion HomeCare at 432-218-7996 for more information or visit our website at www.hochomecare.com.


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