Heart Week – Don’t get the sits

Heart Week is 29 April – 6 May and focuses on the benefits of physical activity and empowering Australians to get moving. Cardiovascular disease is a very serious health issue. It encompasses a wide range of cardiometabolic conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, thrombosis, insulin resistance, among other health conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Nutrition plays a fundamental role in optimum health.

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You might be shocked to know:

❤️ over half of Australians (52%) are not active enough

❤️ almost two in three Australian adults are overweight or obese

❤️ one in four children are overweight or obese

❤️ 5,000 Australians die per year from physical inactivity

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Australia is an inactive nation. Increasingly greater numbers of us are spending too much time sitting or being inactive.

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It’s time to do something to improve cardiovascular health:

💫 Eat good natural food. Have a predominantly vegetarian diet and utilising a Mediterranean diet. Paleo diet principles are good too.

💫 Consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

💫 Consume foods high in omega-3, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, folate, B12, B6, fibre, among others.

💫 Consume less salt/sodium, refined carbohydrates, sugar-sweetened beverages, saturated fats. Consume no trans fats.

💫 Drink more water. Aim for 1.5-2 litres per day.

💫 Be physically active. We need 30 minutes of activity per day to be healthy.

💫 Consult a qualified nutritionist who will work out the best diet and nutrients for your health care needs. They will provide advice both for the short-term and long-term. Setting you up for a healthy life.

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It’s never too late to start now!