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Lifestyle Choices for Wellness

Timely discussion on topics of health and wellness to encourage action and improvement in personal wellness.

2/8/2013- Know Your Numbers


Why does it always seem that in life, we try and control the things that are out of our hands and we neglect to take control of things that are our responsibility? Funny how that is. None the less, it is crucial to realize these things for a couple reasons:  1) To stop stressing about things that are out of our hands 2) to stop ignoring our responsibilities and 3) to see we are losing time doing both! In lieu of heart health month, I am going to pin point our obligation to know our numbers-our vital sign numbers. I'm talkin' blood pressure and cholesterol levels, people!
This week, we focus on blood pressure.

Do you want to contribute to the 1,000 deaths per day and $131 billion annually that is are attributed to high blood pressure?
The CDC tells us that 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, and more than half of them do not have it under control. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States. High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don't realize they have it. That's why it's important to get your blood pressure checked regularly.


Blood Pressure Level (mmHg)
Category Systolic Diastolic
Normal < 120 and < 80
Prehypertension 120-139 or 80-89
High Blood Pressure
Stage 1 Hypertension 140–159 or 90–99
Stage 2 Hypertension greater than or equal to160 or greater than or equal to100

If your levels are borderline prehypertension or hypertension, act now! Diet and exercise are the two most effective ways to help lower these levels. Eating foods lower in saturated fat and sodium is encouraged!
For good recipes that fulfill these guidelines, visit my pinterest page and check out my "Heart Health Nutrition" board.
Follow me here! http://pinterest.com/WCilExtNW/


Also, I am hosting a program, Meals for a Healthy Heart,  through the Pekin Park District on February 19th and 26th. Sign up here! http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/event.cfm?UnitID=476&EventID=60473


Great information on improving heart health through diet and yummy recipes to try and take home!

To view the video "CDC Vital Signs: Getting Blood Pressure Under Control," visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOxQyO-Sw-gExternal Web Site Icon.




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