September 29th is World Heart Day. Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide? Over 17 million people die of cardiovascular disease every year. That’s 31% of deaths globally!
The World Heart Federation and the American Heart Association encourage everyone to take some time on World Heart Day to think about ways that they can reduce their own risk factors to fight cardiovascular disease. Risk factors include smoking, diet, and lack of exercise. You can view heart-healthy recipes on the American Heart Association’s website, and of course the library has plenty of options to help you reduce your risk factors and improve your heart health. Small changes can make a big difference in your health!
Note: Always see your doctor before beginning an exercise or nutrition program and to get health advice specifically for you.
Americans tend to consume more salt than they need, and this book aims to change that. This book will help you identify “salt traps,” reduce high sodium foods that are in your home, make lower sodium choices when eating at restaurants, and includes recipes to get you started.
To improve overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity. You can find fitness books and DVDs for any interest and skill level in our catalog, but the easiest way to get started on your path to improved fitness is to put on your sneakers and go take a walk. Walking for Fitness contains tips, techniques, and stretching exercises to help you reap the benefits of fitness walking.
Studies show that within two years of stopping smoking, your risk for cardiovascular disease is greatly reduced and the health of those around you will be improved, too. If you’re ready to give up smoking, try this self-help classic to break your dependence on cigarettes.
Overwhelmed? Overstressed? Chronic stress can negatively affect your health, including your heart. Use this book to help you identify the stressors that surround you, relieve stress at work, and learn to relax with meditation, muscle relaxation and yoga.
You can also learn more about cardiovascular disease and many other topics using the Healthfinder database available on Green Tree Public Library’s website. You can find it and other health databases in the Health and Medicine section of our Research and Reference page.