Look after your heart and it will look after you: February is National Heart Month
After the indulgences of the festive period behind us and with Lent almost upon us, February is the perfect time to stop for a moment and question whether we are doing enough to look after our hearts.
We are all at risk from heart disease - after all we all have a heart, but there is much we can do to minimise the risk:-
Reduce your intake of saturated fats right down - replace if necessary with small amounts of monosaturated or polyunsaturated fats.
Eat as much fruit or vegetables as you can. Why not make it more interesting? Vary between fresh, frozen, dried, tinned or even smoothies/juices (but watch those sugar levels in the smoothies!).
Cut down on your salt intake. Too much salt can increase your blood pressure and this, in turn, increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Take regular exercise. If you are inactive, you are more likely to have a heart attack than someone who is active. Simple as that. If you ARE looking for exercise or sport ideas to get yourself active, most CSSC regions and areas have a full programme of events.
For more ideas and suggestions for heart health, please see
The British Heart Foundation website .
And, of course, February is also the month in which Valentines falls. So have a heart and do something special for your loved one this Valentine. CSSC has discounted cinema tickets and HiLife cards available (discounted restaurant meals) on the
Online shop for a special night out.