This February, as Valentine’s Day brings the inevitable annual onslaught of all things heart-shaped, it’s likely you’ll be thinking about your heart more than usual.
But whatever the status of your love life, matters of the heart should be considered all year round. We’re asking asking all Leeds residents: “How healthy is your heart?”
Someone dies from heart and circulatory diseases every three minutes in the UK – equating to 460 deaths a day, and 17,000 every year.
Our ‘5 Ways to a Healthy Heart’ campaign is challenging improve the health of their hearts by following five simple steps:
- Be smoke free
Not smoking is the best thing you can do for your heart and your health
- Drink less
Keeping under 14 units per week will benefit your health and energy levels
- Be more active
By keeping active for 30 minutes on most days, you can reduce your risk of stroke or heart disease by 35%
- Eat more healthily
Eating healthily can prevent problems with blood pressure and cholesterol
- Manage your weight
By losing just 5-10% of your weight, you will reduce the strain on your heart.
Whatever your age, doing any of the above steps can only be beneficial to the health of your heart – and to your health in general. But do you know what your heart age is?
You can find out how healthy your heart is by visiting oneyouleeds.co.uk/heart-age-tool – by answering a few simple questions, you’ll get a clearer picture of what your heart age is, and how you can take action to make it younger and healthier.
But you don’t have to do it alone. We offer free support to Leeds residents wishing to lead a healthier lifestyle – and the more support you get, the better your chances of meeting your health goals.
Did you know, for example, that by enlisting the support of experts like our Health Coaches, you are three times more likely to give up smoking for good?
If you’d like to improve your health and use our free service in Leeds, you can sign up to one of our programmes today or by calling 0800 169 4219.