Celebrating Heart Health Month!
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the UK’s single biggest killer.
The British Heart Foundation has been pursuing the ‘fight for every heartbeat’ for over 50 years, conducting leading research and using the findings to help understand this often silent killer. This year the British Heart Foundation are focusing on the impact lifestyle changes can make in preventing and managing heart disease, and are sharing this information during Heart Health Month!
How to achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle?
Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help keep hearts healthy. A low fat, high fibre diet is recommended, including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Steering away from foods high in sugar is important in maintaining balanced blood sugar levels which impact the workings of the heart.
Combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy weight, which in turn reduces the risk to heart health. Regular exercise will make hearts stronger, blood circulation more efficient and keep blood pressure at a steady level. Any aerobic exercise, such as swimming, walking, dancing, makes your heart work harder and keeps it healthy.
Brighton and Hove City Council’s Healthwalks scheme is a great way to be more active! There are 18 different walks across the city, led by a trained volunteer walk leader and are completely free to join! Healthwalks are friendly, supportive and ideal for those wanting to start exercising in a gentle and safe way. Click here for more information.
Smoking is a major risk factor in decreasing heart health. Smokers are up to 6 times more likely to suffer heart attacks. Giving up will significantly reduce your risk of developing CHD.
For help to stop smoking, take a browse at our health section for information and support services available in Brighton and Hove. The NHS website is also a great source of information and advice on how to quit, nhs.uk/smokefree
Keeping hearts healthy, whatever age we are, is the most important thing we can do to help prevent and manage heart disease. Small changes to our lifestyles can have a huge impact on our hearts. By making healthier life choices, such as staying active and eating well, the risk of heart disease decreases rapidly. So let’s give our hearts some love!
Brighton and Hove libraries have lots of titles to help you in your journey to achieving a heart-healthy lifestyle. Take a look at our catalogue here and also our online resources, where you have free access to the latest health, food, fitness, and cookery magazines!
Book inspiration… all available in our libraries! Search the catalogue
Online magazine inspiration… all available for free to Brighton and Hove library members! You can read from home, or on the go!
We can ALL make a difference by spreading the word on heart health in the community and encouraging a commitment to heart-healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit the NHS Choices and BHF websites.
MyLife is also a great website listing local organisations and services to support everyday living. It’s definitely worth a browse! mylifebh.org.uk
Thanks for reading!