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The Peninsula Recognizes American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month and The Peninsula, an assisted living and memory support community, wants to bring attention to this important effort.

February is a time to show yourself some love by learning about your risks for heart disease and stroke and staying heart healthy.  Since cardiovascular disease (CVD) including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure is the number one killer of women and men in the United States, education is important as a first step in prevention.

Many cardiovascular deaths can be prevented with healthier habits, living environments and better management of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Here are a few tips recommended:

  • Even if you are healthy, have a physical at least once a yearYou will be checked for high blood pressure and diabetes conditions that can be controlled and should not go unnoticed.

  • Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis. You can check your blood pressure at home, at a pharmacy, or at a doctor’s office. At The Peninsula, our residents can have their blood pressure checked at the Wellness Center.

  • Have your cholesterol checked. Another advantage of living at The Peninsula is that residents can have their blood checked for cholesterol without leaving the community.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options is important and includes limiting sodium. Be sure to eat at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Eat foods which are low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol while high in fiber. Our dietary staff works with our food and beverage team in making sure there are healthy foods on the menu. Fresh fruits and salads are always available. This makes it easier to eat healthier as a Peninsula resident.

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for CVD. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, health care professionals often calculate a number called body mass index (BMI). Doctors sometimes also use waist and hip measurements to measure a person’s body fat.

  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Living at The Peninsula offers many options for exercising. There are group exercise classes offered every morning that welcome newcomers. Having neighbors to see and exercise with makes the time quickly pass and a class scarcely seems like exercise.

  • Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for CVD. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. The Peninsula is a smoke-free environment which makes a big difference.

  • Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure. Men should stick to no more than two drinks per day, and women to no more than one.

  • Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely, and talk with your health care team about treatment options.

  • Take your medicine. If you’re taking medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or another condition, follow the instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something. Our health care professionals are always available to our residents for medication education and management which is so important to their health and well-being.

There are many wellness benefits of The Peninsula lifestyle.  If you would like to learn more about The Peninsula, please call 954-893-7755.

Senior Living Management

954-691-1030

4611 Johnson Road Suite 1 Coconut Creek, FL 33073

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