Get Heart Smart
Did you know that in South Africa, cardiovascular disease (CVD) – which comprises heart disease and stroke – is the second biggest killer after HIV and AIDS, with 225 people dying from heart disease every day1? Were you aware that 10 people suffer a stroke every hour in our country1? “With 80% of heart diseases and strokes being preventable simply by living a healthy lifestyle, it’s important for South Africans to learn how to start making healthy choices for their heart and brain health,” says Professor Pamela Naidoo CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa (HSFSA).
Currently, with support from Lucky Star and other key stakeholders, the HSFSA is educating learners and staff at 23 schools around the country on heart health ahead of World Heart Day on the 29th of September and World Stroke Day on the 29th of October.
Professor Naidoo shares some top tips for reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke:
The best weapon in the fight against CVD (as well as many other chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and some cancers) is good nutrition that includes all the right macro- and micronutrients. To make choosing healthier foods that much easier, the HSFSA has endorsed certain items with the Heart Mark trademark logo.
In fact, the Lucky Star pilchards, tuna, sardine and middle cut product ranges have all been endorsed by the organisation for over 20 years. Wendy Payne, product developer at Lucky Star says: “A fish a day can help keep the cardiologist away, with many large observational studies showing that people who eat fish regularly seem to have a lower risk of heart attacks, strokes and death from heart disease. Plus, fish is packed with important nutrients, including high-quality protein, iodine and various vitamins and minerals – all of which are essential for helping your body to function optimally.”
Add oily fish to your diet
With oily fish being packed full of Omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce blood triglycerides, slow the build-up of plaque in the arteries and lower blood pressure2, the HSFSA recommends eating items such as those from the Lucky Star pilchards range at least twice a week as a main part of your meal. Available in three delicious variants – Tomato, Hot Chilli and Sweet Chilli – this versatile product will also keep taste buds tantalised.
“Small improvements to your lifestyle can make a big difference to the health of your heart and brain as well as go a long way toward ensuring that you don’t become an avoidable statistic,” concludes Professor Naidoo.For more information, visit http://www.heartfoundation.co.za or http://luckystar.africa.
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