South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is taking action for a healthy heart! By raising awareness of the issue locally, we are helping people understand the risks of developing heart disease and how it can be prevented.Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising.
It is really important we get the message out there that at least 80 per cent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, smoking, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are controlled. Walking is great free way to keep fit and healthy for the whole family. You can also find lots of helpful information online by searching ‘Change4Life’ for top tips on how to stay healthy, by eating well and moving more. By entering your postcode you can find a list of local activities on the Change4Life ‘Find local activities’ webpage.
A low fat, high fibre diet is ideal, with five portions of fresh fruit and veg a day. Try to stay away from too much saturated fat such as butter and cream, and instead introduce unsaturated fats into your diet, such as nuts and seeds or oily fish. Too much sugar can also be dangerous as it may lead to developing diabetes.
Visit NHS Choices for advice and tips on healthy eating, healthy heart shopping list items and recipe ideas. Don’t forget, stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do for you and your family’s health. Call the Phoenix stop smoking service on 0800 840 1533. For British Heart Foundation support, isit www.bhf.org.uk/about-us/find-the-bhf-near-you.aspx